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U.S. Military Breaking Under Biden: 'Like a Business That's About to Go Bankrupt'

•, Jon Dougherty

Amid now-chronic recruiting shortages and a stepped-up presence in simmering trouble spots around the globe during Biden's tenure, a new analysis says the U.S. is at a dangerous crossroads with its military now at risk of being unable to defend the country adequately.

According to the Heritage Foundation's 2024 Index of U.S. Military Strength, which serves as a report card on the armed forces, editor and retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Dakota Wood told The Daily Caller that he rated the current states of the American military as "weak."

In 2023, the conflicts in Ukraine and Israel, coupled with the United States' reaction to escalating turmoil across the Middle East, brought the U.S. military into sharp focus. These conflicts revealed shortcomings in the nation's ammunition and weapons reserves, as well as the capability to effectively respond to the president's simultaneous calls for intervention in multiple crises.

"As currently postured, the U.S. military is at significant risk of not being able to defend America's vital national interests," the introduction to the index reads. The U.S. military received a 'weak' rating for the second year in a row 'relative to the force needed to defend national interests on a global stage against actual challenges in the world as it is rather than as we wish it were,'" the report said.

In general, all branches of the armed services, along with U.S. nuclear and missile defense capabilities, are suffering from age, inadequacy, and unreadiness, according to Wood, Heritage's senior research fellow for defense programs, who shared these concerns with the DCNF during a briefing before the report's official publication.

Heritage attributed the erosion of U.S. military potency to several factors, including the Pentagon's prolonged deployment of forces beyond initial plans, insufficient funding, shortcomings in the discipline of developing and acquiring weapon systems, and the constant changes in priorities and policies.