Analysts of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) acknowledged defenseless the US military bases located abroad. According to experts, America needs a fundamentally new system of armament, because now its defense can be especially easily penetrated by Russia and China.
It is noted that the U.S. currently has more than 800 military bases. At the same time, their current air and missile defense systems were created during the Cold War. However, the country’s likely adversaries “have made serious progress in modernizing their strike capabilities. For example, Moscow and Beijing will be able to penetrate the defense system of these bases with a large number of missiles or unmanned aerial vehicles.
According to analysts, China has 1,200 short-range ballistic missiles and 200 to 300 munitions that can reach the second island chain in the South China Sea. And the fleet of the country has strategic bombers H-6 and stealth aircrafts H-20, which can already strike the territory of the United States itself.
As for Russia, it is called a threat to American military facilities in Europe. Moscow has a large arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons, as well as short-range Iskander-M ballistic systems and land-, sea- and air-launched cruise missiles.
To successfully withstand strong adversaries, experts recommend the U.S. military to develop the concept of multi-layered missile defense using advanced technologies. In particular, it is proposed to create a network of unmanned aerial vehicles with powerful sensors to track possible routes of cruise missiles. And production of drones with long-range missiles to intercept ballistic targets on the upper reaches of the trajectory.
Earlier, journalist David Axe predicted big problems for the U.S. because of Russian missiles. In his view, decades of “leisurely bombing of insurgents from large and convenient” bases have weakened the U.S. air force to the point that it is unprepared for open conflict with “equal in strength” opponents.