3 Military Issues the Next President Will Have to Address

It does not matter who wins the next presidential election; that person will have to address a whole series of issues – many of which concern the military and American national security. Here are just three of the issues that most experts agree will take center-stage for the next President – how they handle these issues will affect all Americans in some way.

1. Using Ground Troops To Fight ISIS/Taliban Terrorists Overseas:

The next President will certainly have to address ways and means concerning the disposition of US troops in foreign lands to fight ISIS, the Taliban, and other terror groups. President Obama has already stated that he will leave more troops in Afghanistan than previously stated. But that does not address other areas of the world such as Iraq and Syria.

Also, the new President will have to work with NATO in the fight against terror groups. One question the new President will have to answer is: is this overseas fight the job of America? And, if so, what posture should America take in this fight? How the new President answers these questions will determine if America will need to deploy more troops, which many senior-level military are in favor of doing, or if America relinquishes more control to entities such as NATO and the UN.

2. Readiness Levels and Sequestration Issues:

US Troops DeployedAs the new President considers what posture the US military will take in a variety of areas, not just fighting terror, he or she will have to decide how much the nation is willing to pay for readiness, training, equipment, etc to make their readiness goal a reality. This will, of course, also involve working with Congress. It does not take an economics professor to know that if the next President wants to increase readiness, more money will have to be spent.

This could very well lead to serious issues as sequestration mandates that budgets be reduced, not increased. This includes military budgets. The Budget Control Act of 2011 contains limits on spending for the military, and if more money is needed for increased readiness, that new money will have to come from existing programs.

Again, one of the core questions for the next President will be at what level of readiness does he or she want to maintain the US military? And, the side questions are numerous: How to pay for increases in readiness, what weapons or programs to cut, will Congress work with the President, and on and on.

3. How to Deal With the Big Boys:

The Big Boys in this context are Russia and China. It is no secret that Russia has become more aggressive of late with its invasion of Ukraine and assistance in airpower for the Assad regime in Syria. China has also been flexing its muscles in many ways including cyber-intrusions and causing trouble with Japan, one of our allies.

A lot of how the next President deals with China and Russia will depend on how NATO deals with these players. There are many disputes going on within NATO and the US will need to take a position when the new President is sworn in next year. It should be noted that the US currently pays for about 75% of NATO expenses. This is far more than any other member.

It should also be noted that NATO was created to prevent the expansion of Russian forces in Europe many decades ago. A question the new President will face is whether or not to maintain the current level of spending with NATO when so many other problems are based out of the Mid-East and Africa.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Robert Partain

Robert Partain has been a professional writer for over 25 years. He spent ten years on active duty in the Army working as a medic and training NCO. While he covers any topic associated with military life, he specializes in writing about legislation that can affect active duty service members and veterans. Robert currently lives in the small town of Arab, Alabama.
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