America’s military has rapidly declined and is in need of a significant overhaul as shown by Heritage’s 2018 Index of Military Strength.

Two Heritage scholars, Dakota Wood and Tom Spoehr, are working on a project called Rebuilding America’s Military Power (RAMP), which will provide the concrete steps needed to get America’s military back on track.

RAMP will answer questions like:

  • What is the role of each branch of the military in the future?
  • What is the role of technology (AI, cyber, autonomous weapons) and conventional weaponry?
  • How does the positioning and deployment of forces around the world affect our readiness?
  • Beyond funding, what infrastructure will we need to achieve the growth and changes we propose?

RAMP will also keep in mind the long-term nature of changes to the military to understand what other areas the United States will need to meet future challenges.

Thank you for making this project possible.

What do you think are the top three needs of America’s military today?

 

Comments (35)

William Hume - February 16, 2018

One. An adequate supply of qualified recruits.
two. War-games conducted when ordinary communication channels are blocked.
Three.

Dennis Eben - February 16, 2018

A dependable source of funds to purchase and maintain weapons.
A living wage for all military.
Stop using the military as a social engineering experiment.

JOE LAROCCA - February 16, 2018

MORE LEADERS……MORE GOOD MEN……MORE SHIPS….PLANES……MODERN WEAPONS

Dale Kimball - February 16, 2018

More ships, More planes and more personal.

Richard Rogers - February 16, 2018

Require some military service via the draft for 18 to 23 years old; providing for higher education assistance after successfully completing the service.
Eliminate any “specialized treatment” of any social segment identification of a person.
Support with the best equipment and weapons.

Inar Morics - February 16, 2018

Biggest single problem is to eliminate or reduce the the waste and lack of accountability in military expenditures instead of adding on to an already bloated DOD budget.

Iris Maurer - February 16, 2018

I don’t know what the top 3 are, but I know that Christian chaplains need to be given back their rights to freely use and give out Bibles and Bible portions. We need to end the atheist persecution of our chaplains.

Paul Wolf - February 16, 2018

I’m not going to name three. The other posts have covered the required improvements. I would like to see more of, if not all of NASA’s budget used for defense. The times no longer afford all of that money being spent to circle astronauts 200 miles around the earth, year after year (getting there on Russian spacecraft). The U.S. needs to stay ahead of Russia and China in controlling the space above us. Controlling space will, without a doubt, become as important as it was to control the sea and then the sky.

Marilyn S Mackey - February 16, 2018

Better pay.
Public support.
More adequate treatment after discharge or retirement, to include healthcare and job opportunities.

BOBBY E. RICHARDSON - February 16, 2018

THE MILITARY NEEDS A STEADY FLOW OF MONEY. HOWEVER IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN AND SECURE THIS FLOW OF MONEY, THE MILITARY HAS TO MANAGE THESE RESOURCES BETTER THAN IN THE PAST. I AM 100% FOR THE MILITARY, (I AM A VETERAN) I KNOW THERE IS WASTE IN ANY LARGE ORGANIZATION, ESPECIALLY GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS. CORRECTION WILL NOT BE SIMPLE AND EASY, THIS WILL REQUIRE STRONG, DILIGENT LEADERSHIP AND OVERSIGHT.

Andree Nippe - February 16, 2018

I BELIEVE WE SHOULD SUPPORT OUR MILITARY WHOLEHEARTEDLY. HOWEVER, I DO NOT BELIEVE ANY FUNDS SHOULD BE ALLOCATED TO THE PENTAGON! THEY ARE CORRUPT. HOW MUCH HAVE THEY ‘LOST’ & CANNOT LOCATE? IT’S IN THE BILLIONS, RIGHT? AMAZING! PLEASE TAKE THIS INTO CONSIDERATION. GIVE OUR MILITARY DECENT EQUIPMENT, CLOTHES, WAGES, HEALTH VENUES FOR OUR VETS, ETC. LET’S GET RID OF THE CORRUPTION!

David Capito - February 16, 2018

The top need is to cut the waste and to reduce the budget. The military spends $611 billion dollars a year. More than next 8 nations combined. The second most important topic is to reduce government entitlements.

Esther Wolfson - February 16, 2018

Military equipped with modern weapons.
Good training.
Quit accusing our troops of killing civilians when it is impossible to determine if they are the enemy
Take care of our veterans.

Tom Lanners - February 17, 2018

1. Modernize our nuclear capabilities, including
infrastructure.
2. Deploy an effective missile defense system.
3. Do whatever is necessary to protect our power grid from an electro magnetic attack.

Da Li - February 17, 2018

Space weapon will be very important for our USA, like aircraft carrier formation on the ocean, maybe develop some man drive and unmanned spacecraft formation to gain power controlling the space around the earth, of course, this is an innovative thinking, but our great American always have the innovation tradition.I know the largest rival of USA is P.R.China has been developing anti-satellite laser weapon, which is mainly researched and manufactured by Shanghai Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics in Shanghai China,

Philip DeVries - February 17, 2018

1. Establish who our real friends are and build together with them.
2. Stop thinking we need to always be the policing force of the world – leave that to the UN.
3. Have a stronger presence on the African continent in cooperation with the UN.

Philip F Peterson Jr - February 17, 2018

For starters I am a draftee of the Vietnam Era War, so here goes;
from enlistment of good and proper recruits with skills, education, physical aptitude and mental stability for the mil-
itay, not culls

then up to date training with best of equipment necessary to do the job as
leaders world-wide.

and when finished with tour of duty the
best followup into civilian life, education,
training, mental and physical health, monies earned on job and/or disability,
then a honorable death w/burial, etc.

Philip F, Peterson Jr. US Army

Jim Stephens - February 17, 2018

I have two sons who fly airplanes for the U.S. Navy. One is the back-seat guy in F/A 18 Super Hornets (he’s “Goose” from the movie Top Gun) and the other flies the C2 Greyhound cargo plane. (He’s in the squadron containing the plane that recently went down off the coast of Korea, while flying to the USS Ronald Reagan carrier. 3 on board died, 8 survived. I thank God he was not flying that aircraft on that day!) BOTH of these men tell me of all sorts of problems due to age of the aircraft, poor funding, lack of available parts, being stretched beyond the reasonable limits of men and machines, etc. That men and women like these must deal with poor equipment, is a disgrace! It is a certainty that all military branches face the same problems. President Trump is certainly on the correct path in his quest to rebuild our military infrastructure. Congress must do it’s part and provide funding. All that said, real accountability in eliminating waste and fraud in the military is essential. The lives of the people who serve and protect the country are at stake.

Sean LaBar - February 17, 2018

1. Less fancy weaponry and platforms- we need weapons and platforms that will work in today’s environment!
2. A revitalised and fully funded USCG- the USCG needs to be as deployable as that of China and Russia!
3. Give us R-E-A-L leaders- without the very best in command, what is the use of our military anyways?

william schmidt - February 17, 2018

Definitely, stop using the military as a social experiment. The USA should not be nation building or the world’s police force. The Pentagon knows more about military matters and what resources are needed, so I defer to them on what is needed to protect our country. With the provision, that pork barrels and politics do not cloud the judgement of what the Pentagon says is needed for our future defense.

Gary Burkle - February 17, 2018

MORE SHIPS MORE PLANES MORE MEN!
Stop social experiments and “political correctness” using our military.
Remove “Obama appointed” PC officers and non-cons.
TRAINING TRAINING TRAINING
Research and develop cutting-edge weapon systems.
EXPIDITE MISSILE DEFENSE & SDI
MORE$$$$$$$$$$$$

James Sterling - February 17, 2018

Protect America from invasion , secure our countries heritage as protector of weak, and disassociate from politics as much as possible. MAGA

Timothy R. Buttner - February 17, 2018

Preparation for cyber attacks on our infrastructure is vital.
An able Navy is critical.
Border defense is n actual, real thing…

Thomas Crabtree - February 17, 2018

1. Concentrate on the readiness of core units.
2. Get the politicians (flag rank) out of the military and drastically reduce their number.
3. Make a major effort and command emphasis on drastically reducing the waste of military funds on things like the natural gas service station and provision of programs that do nothing but supply re-election points for some politician.

John Fittz - February 17, 2018

I believe there is significant waste and inefficient use of resources in the military, and we could modernize and RAMP our nation’s defense system(s) without spending more money (that we don’t have because of deficit spending. For our nation’s citizens to get behind RAMP, you need to work with Congress and the administration to get control of expenditures – $600 billion unaccounted for!

jeff jones - February 18, 2018

To reduce the graft and corruption top down within thw military
Adopt better purchasing practices that are riddled with graft;perhaps outsource to outside purchasing pros
Develop better weapons ot hindered by the previously mentioned

Vickie Jackson - February 18, 2018

Top of the line equipment for boots on the ground, in the air and at sea!
Best education and training for all branches and increased pay and medical benefits support for all military branches (which will attract more recruits)
No more social engineering projects
Eliminate waste and fraud in spending with stiff penalties- get the best equipment to the forces in the field at all times!!!

Chris Jones - February 18, 2018

First pay our people a commenceret wage, not make our best live on Welfare hand out!!! Good safe housing.
Buy anything at cost, not there inflated pricing.
Make all leadership responseable for a budget, not bury billions of dollars of material in the ground to hide.
Most of all start training our people as warriors, not 4th graders. So frustrating watching all the wasted time and energy these guys put in, and Leadership fails them with nothing or very poor training.

William Carter Jr - February 18, 2018

retention and increased manning

increased money for O&M and training

force modernization thru either upgrades and/or new equipment
Bring back the Warthog!

Alan M Stevenson - February 18, 2018

1/ We’ve significantly turned the military payroll into a welfare program.
2/ Insist that recruiting programs are conducted seriously with an eye to the possibility of war.
3/ If all else fails … look out the window!
Alan M. Stevenson
Cdr., USN (Ret)

Barry Yuhas - February 18, 2018

1 Maintain/refurbish current inventory; Much of what is currently in use is at risk of failure due to overuse without proper maintenance.
2. Training of Army, Navy, AF and Marine combatants, You fight the way you train. With limited training, the risk is that coordination will fail in the time of need
3. Last but not least we must develop new Mil H/W, S/W, procedures, and techniques to push the boundary of what can be done on land, sea, air, space and cyberspace. This task is to performed at a systems level, regardless of individual service prerogatives. Adversaries will attack at our weakest point. We must be prepared to fight the next war not re-fight the last one.

Arthur Williams - February 18, 2018

They need repair supplies and spare parts to repair the equipment and planes. Many times when I was in (’59 to 79) we had aircraft not combat ready for lack of parts.
From what I hear today it is still a major problem.

John Wier - February 18, 2018

Remove retired military from the Pentagon.
I have been on that team, and we have to many freeloaders hanging around. If they are that good at what they do they will work for private companies. Thats about half that team.
On equipment Let the field try the new stuff for a year then we let contracts on the bases of performance. Draft all 18 year olds for 2 year.

Evelyn I Braun - February 19, 2018

I cannot help but believe the morale of our service men and women has been crushed because of the anti Christian efforts of the past administration that are still being enforced! No Bible, no speaking of Christ, and Chaplins courtmartialed for daring to speak in public! Unacceptable!

Jerry W. Jones, CIA Ret. - February 19, 2018

Do not depend on a mercenary army like we have today. We need a citizen army of volunteers and draftees. Resurrect the draft and left everyone’s offspring serve. In today’s world it is the only way to instill patriotism and ensure that our citizenry, in the form of a trained reserve, can defend the homeland should war come to our shores. Technology alone will not save us.

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