The US belives the air superiority will protect their troops from a pandemic
WASHINGTON, (BM) – Washington Examiner, an American weekly political magazine published in Washington, claims that achieving and maintaining US air superiority is the main tool for ensuring national security in a coronary virus epidemic.
A March 23 article notes that China is trying to dominate the Indo-Pacific region and control trade routes that are important to the US economy.
Russia continues to test the strength of the US ability to ensure America’s security and national interests in the Atlantic, the Arctic, the Middle East and Europe. Therefore, the best way to counter these threats and overcome them, especially in a pandemic, is to ensure air supremacy in the air.
If today there is a significant military threat to US national security, their armed forces will face a serious problem, since the Pentagon will have to use various types of troops whose personnel will be infected with coronavirus and may become a source of its further spread.
This will jeopardize the fulfillment of the tasks facing the aircraft. In this regard, US opponents believe that under such conditions the Pentagon will not deploy its troops against them.
But maintaining air superiority will allow America to use force, with minimal risk of infection of military personnel during combat missions. It is air superiority that will allow the Pentagon to restrain the enemy, destroy its strongholds, ground forces and warships.
The threats emanating from North Korea and Iran are of serious concern to America’s defense department. The military leaders of these countries are well aware that the US Air Force is able to overcome their air defense systems and destroy targets on their territory, including fortified nuclear facilities.
The United States is able to prevent the threat of attack and destruction, even in a pandemic, when the possibilities for using other elements of military power are significantly limited. Thus, opponents of the United States are forced to exercise some degree of caution, even seeking advantages in this or that sphere of military activity.
However, as the newspaper notes, the United States cannot perceive its military superiority as a given. In China and Russia, effective missile defense systems were created. This will allow them, in the event of a US attack, to quickly deploy powerful strong points.
And although the Pentagon currently has a wide range of means that allow it to overcome the enemy’s defenses and destroy its strong points, without constant investment in ensuring air superiority, this aircraft’s ability can be lost.
Maintaining superiority in the air involves the implementation of a number of large-scale investment projects such as, for example, the creation of the B-21 Raider. However, as the magazine notes, new technologies make it possible to use other, more affordable means to solve this problem.
These include highly efficient and inexpensive unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). These platforms are a reliable means of carrying out successful strikes against the enemy, while reducing the risk of losing airplanes and their crews.
If the United States manages to equip the armed forces with a sufficient number of UAVs, this will allow them to maximize the effectiveness of combat missions, the publication concludes.
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Source: Washington Examiner
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