(The National Interest) -- House Armed Services Committee chairman Mac Thornberry recently complained about readiness weaknesses across the U.S. military. But he and his colleagues can release additional defense funds to alleviate some of these shortcomings—if they look within.
Rep. Thornberry’s litany of grumbles includes the Marine Corps’ inability to meet training requirements, less than one-third of Army units at acceptable readiness levels, pilots flying well below the minimum number of hours required for minimal proficiency and the Marine Corps’ major accident rate almost doubling—from an average of 2.15 per hundred thousand flying hours to 3.96.
The problem, says Thornberry, is lack of money for the military, especially for crucial operations and maintenance funding.
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