Dakota Wood, a senior researcher at The Heritage Foundation Research Institute, expressed concern about the state of the US armed forces in a conversation with The National Interest.
According to her, many types of equipment are already outdated, and the available weapons in certain areas are no longer enough.
Wood noted that most of the US military equipment was purchased in the 1980s and 1990s, and the number of pilots and their number of flight hours during the Cold War would have called the military’s competence into question.
The expert pointed out the need to modernize the army. According to Wood, the US army lacks units against the background of the development of the armed forces of other states. In addition, the analyst had doubts that in a difficult situation, the United States will come to the aid of its allies.
Wood added that in the event of a confrontation with China over Taiwan, the Chinese army simply will not let the Americans take a breath.
The American maneuvers took place on Estonian territory on the night of May 8. More than 700 military personnel participated in the Swift Response exercise. The event was attended by Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid.