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Heritage’s Index of US Military Strength Finds Marines ‘Strong,’ Air Force ‘Weak,’ Army and Navy ‘Marginal’


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The U.S. military is only “marginally” prepared to defend America’s interests at a time when adversaries are ramping up military capabilities, according to The Heritage Foundation’s 2022 Index of U.S. Military Strength released Wednesday. 

Heritage’s analysis examined each branch of the military, as well as America’s nuclear capability. (The Daily Signal is the news outlet of The Heritage Foundation.)

On the upside, the report determined the Marine Corps and the nation’s nuclear capability are “strong.” However, the Air Force and the new Space Force were scored as “weak.” The Army and Navy were scored as “marginal.”

“We are going to have to totally change the way we think of things in Congress and in the private sector as we make a change to these new warfighting capabilities, because warfighting in the future is going to look a lot different than in the past,” Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday at a Heritage Foundation event at which the report was released. 


“Some of these capabilities, like the Space Force, we don’t need people necessarily going through boot camp to learn how to carry a backpack and a rifle,” Rogers said. “We need some kid who is really good at computer technology or mathematics, being able to come in and work for and engineer those satellites.”:snip:

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