Animal’s Daily News

Image from linked article.
Image from linked article.

It seems the U.S. Army has no money to develop the next-generation Main Battle Tank (MBT) to replace the Cold-War era M1 series.  This probably isn’t good.  Excerpt:

The U.S. Army would develop next-generation replacements for its armored vehicles such as the M1A2 Abrams main battle tank and the Bradley fighting vehicle, but the service simply does not have the money for such projects.

Instead, the Army is incrementally improving its venerable armored combat vehicles to keep them relevant against a rapidly modernizing threat—the Russian Armata family of combat vehicles for example. The Army does have some concepts that it is developing for next generation combat vehicles—and the service might build prototypes—but there are no plans to bring any such machines into production.

“I’d love to have replacement programs today for Abrams and Bradley and lay in plans to go do that,” Maj. Gen. David Bassett, the U.S. Army’s program executive officer for Ground Combat Systems told reporters the Association of the United States Army annual meeting in Washington on Oct. 4. “But it doesn’t fit in this portfolio in this budget environment.”

Take a look at that last sentence:  “But it doesn’t fit in this portfolio in this budget environment.”  That means “the Imperial government won’t spend the money on new military hardware, but will pour billions down any number of other ratholes.”

Bear and LincolnA big concern in military circles is Russia’s new T-14 Armata MBT,  The T-14 has broken a lot of new ground in tank development, but the Russians have a logistics problem; Russia is a state in decline, with an aging population and a national economy a tiny fraction of the United State’s economy.  But in a short, sharp fight, the Russian Army could cover a lot of ground – and the T-14 may well be a match for the current M1A2 SEPv.3.  It’s not like the Russians don’t have a history of developing good tanks; the T-34 was probably the best tank of World War 2.

But here’s the rub:  Running a military is one of the few things the Imperial government is actually supposed to do.  And it looks like they’re falling down on the job.