[Swiftwater Gazette] United States Needs to Get Serious About Artillery
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Fri Oct 7 16:59:13 EDT 2016
TheUnited States Needs to Get Serious About Artillery Again by MichaelJacobson and Robert H. Scales
Asthe United States and its allies in Europe watch NATO’s easternflank with increasing concern over Russian aggression, the U.S.Army’s artillery capabilities have rightfully received morescrutiny and public attention. Artillery might very well be thedecisive factor in how a war with Russia would play out. Over thesummer in The Washington Post, one of us described how the supremacyof U.S. Army warfighting capabilities have been eroded by the steadyadvance of Russian warfighting capabilities in recent years. TheRussians have made formidable improvements to their ground-basedartillery systems in terms of range and lethal effects.
“Manyof these Russian artillery upgrades are in flagrant violation oftheir international treaty obligations under the Intermediate-rangeNuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.”
Meanwhile,the United States is unilaterally implementing highly restrictivepolicies that essentially eliminate the U.S. military’s ability todestroy enemy armor formations. These self-imposed restrictions,together with a general neglect of improvement to artillery range anddestructive power, leaves the U.S. military vulnerable in a groundfight with a capable peer or near-peer adversary, including Russia orChina.
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