As relations between the United States, Russia, and China grow tenser, the possibility of World War III looms on the horizon. Not only as President Trump already started an expensive trade war with China, blasting Americans with tariffs that have increased the prices in many common goods, but the people of all three countries also continue to have growing animosity toward each other rather than feelings of connection.
However, the RAND corporation has bad news for America. In every “wargame” simulation they have run in World War III between the United States, Russia, and China, America loses big – every time. However, one analyst believes that we could protect American and our citizens for about $24 billion a year, which is only about 4 percent of the Pentagon’s budget.
RAND analyst David Ochmanek does not enjoy breaking the bad news to the American public, but he wants people to know that the United States is in grave peril if World War III erupts between the three superpowers.
“In our games, when we fight Russia and China,” Ochmanek said, “blue gets its ass handed to it.”
The Pentagon shovels tons of money over to RAND to play these wargames to prepare the country for such a scenario. Ochmanek calls the United States “blue” because US forces are blue on the world maps.
In various scenarios, the United States sustains heavy losses – so heavy that the country itself might not survive. Despite sacrificing millions of lives, the United States is powerless to fight Russia or China.
Why would America lose a war if the taxpayer is already funding $700 billion each year into the Pentagon? Why isn’t your money being used to the best effect to keep America safe?
“In every case, I know of,” said Robert Work, a former deputy secretary of defense who has obtained decades of wargaming experience, “the F-35 rules the sky when it’s in the sky, but it gets killed on the ground in large numbers.”
Although America has firepower, our jets are vulnerable. Because the F-35 needs to land, it can touch down on either an aircraft carrier or an airbase. But Russian and China know exactly where all of those are and can easily bomb them and neuter America in a matter of moments.
Russia and China are growing the arsenal of smart-weapons that have long-range sensors and can navigate the world via communication networks. And we already know Russia has a lot of very talent hackers capable of tapping into the American system.
“Things that rely on sophisticated base infrastructure like runways and fuel tanks are going to have a hard time,” Ochmanek said. “Things that sail on the surface of the sea are going to have a hard time.”
RAND wants the Pentagon to find $24 billion from its budget to invest in more long-range offensive missiles. Ochmanek also wants America to strengthen existing command, control, and communications networks. Meanwhile, Work believes humans should be replaced with artificial intelligence so manned aircraft can have “loyal wingmen” that can analyze incoming data fast.
For $24 billion, Ochmanek said: “I can buy the whole kit. It’s all mature technologies, and it would scare the crap out of adversaries, in a good way.”
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