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Perspective, great awakening

I think we should decommission less planes, choppers, and boats, I think our military should spend more on keeping older equipment operational and in ready status....
In WW2 all pilots were trained up from zero experience. Today, we have more professional pilots than any other country, retired mil, helicopter jockies that have gone over to planes or into other careers after service, boat captains, etc...
If we ever got into a major battle again, those assets are a strategic advantage, literally millions of professional heavy equipment operators that could be fast tracked into older equipment on short notice, running civillian surveillance missions, etc...
Instead we defund repair and readiness and let trillions of dollars of military hardware and assets fall into disrepair, permanently decommission, etc bc it's not seen as being useful in modern warfare by the modern army, and/or Obama sought to weaken us militarily...
But if we were ever attacked, any large scale attack would likely include a substantial ground offensive, in which case we need civilian readiness, which we no longer have. A much smaller percentage of civilians have prior service than did in part generations...
Our manufacturing capacity is very different than it was in WW2, with most companies relying on manufacturing, tooling, parts from what would likely be our enemies. It's not just weakened steel. We don't build cars anymore. We assemble them from parts, much from overseas...
Our plants and lines can't be changed over, the robotics are too specialized and the workers don't know how to make the parts we need, they only know how to monitor systems and push buttons. A robot that's designed to put beds on an f150, can't put turrets on tanks for example.
Thus our state of civilian readiness is drastically different, lower in many ways, than in the past. But we do have more professional heavy equipment operators, pilots, captains, etc
We also need to bring back 'well-regulated militias'. Independent and different from the National Guard. It would be formal states militias that promote civilian readiness, that maintains equipment, patrols borders, ports, etc...
And a lot of equipment that is being left to rot by the usual federal gov waste could go into well-regulated states militias.
We also have had base closures all over the country, with large properties many of which are still not being well utilized. These have runways, equipment storage, housing, etc and their just being left to go back to fall into disrepair instead of serving a purpose.
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