The Government Accountability Office announced the deterioration of combat readiness of the Armed Forces of the country. According to the report, one of the reasons for this deterioration is the continuous participation of U.S. forces in armed conflicts around the world over the past 20 years. Washington has also lost its superiority due to the growth of the military capabilities of Russia and China.
According to the 2018 U.S. National Defense Strategy, Washington’s potential adversaries, mainly Russia and China, are already competing with it in all branches of the military: land, sea, air, space, and also in cyberspace. To compile the report, analysts of the Accounts Chamber used data for fiscal years 2017-2019 and noted that during this period, in particular, the combat readiness of U.S. forces increased “on land” and decreased “at sea.” The reason for this, according to the report, is limited maintenance capabilities at private and government shipyards.
Problems have also been recorded “in the air”: for example, according to the report, the U.S. Air Force does not have enough pilots to fly the AH-64 helicopters.
Overall, the document shows that the current combat readiness of the U.S. Armed Forces does not correspond to the level previously planned by the country’s Defense Department.