A series of summer classified exercises over the summer has raised concerns inside the Defense Department that its forces are not prepared for a sustained military campaign against Russia, two defense officials told The Daily Beast.
Many within the military believe that 15 years of counter terrorism warfare has left the ground troops ill prepared to maintain logistics or troops levels should Russia make an advance on NATO allies, the officials said.
Among the challenges the exercises revealed were that the number of precision-guided munitions available across the force were short of the war plans and it would be difficult to sustain a large troop presence.
“Could we probably beat the Russians today [in a sustained battle]? Sure, but it would take everything we had,” the defense official said. “What we are saying is that we are not as ready as we want to be.”
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I think it's worse than that. Our military is undermanned, under-equipped, and demoralized. Without air power, we are incapable of defeating ANY determined opponent. And the Russians have damned good air defenses.
We should NOT be picking a fight with them.