A conservative think tank’s annual assessment of military was not kind to the U.S. military. This year, the Heritage Foundation ranked the Army as ‘weak’ and the remaining military branches as ‘marginal.’
The Heritage Foundation’s 2016 Index on Military Strength is an annual review of the United States’ ‘hard power.’ According to its website, the Index is meant to assess the current situation regarding the American military and foreign policy and describe how things have changed since the last assessment.
In its latest Index installment released Wednesday, the Heritage Foundation panned military sequestration and warned that U.S. power is slipping.
“The U.S. does not have the right force to meet a two–major regional contingency requirement and is not ready to carry out its duties effectively,” said the Foundation. “Consequently, the U.S. risks seeing its interests increasingly challenged and the world order it has led since World War II undone.”
Last year, the Heritage Foundation rated the Army as ‘marginal.’ However, the Foundation found that the Army’s power has declined so much that it cannot achieve ‘two-major regional contingency,’ or the ability to respond to two regional conflicts at once. Index authors wrote that the Army’s decline is due to troop reductions and a lack of readiness.
The Heritage Foundation predicted that the Navy would also earn a ‘weak’ rating in the future if its fleet size continues to shrink and its readiness doesn’t improve.