The Secretary of Defense has proposed to cut the military budget to pre-World War II levels. These reductions will result in less manpower and a push back in training, equipment and the readiness level necessary to meet mission requirements -- much like what occurred when military forces were drastically cut following World War I and II, Korea and Vietnam.
Russia and China are currently adding to their military assets and the secretary of defense's proposal, if implemented, will encourage these powers to be more assertive in their foreign policy initiatives. The dismantling of our military will not only be seen as a sign of weakness by our adversaries but a sign to our allies that we are less capable and perhaps, unwilling or unable, to come to their aid if needed.
I suggest we look to Theodore Roosevelt who wrote in a letter, one year before becoming president, a policy of walking softly but carrying a big stick. I fear the stick may soon become a thing of the past.
Hilton Head Island