After eight years of the Obama administration, the United States military was far from its best.
Budget cuts, a lack of commitment to the military and decreased morale had weakened all branches of the military.
On the campaign trail, President Obama vowed to rebuild the US military and make it the great force it once was.
He argued that such a build-up was necessary in order to secure American interests both at home and abroad. In his first three months in office, Trump has taken steps to show that he intends to fulfill that promise.
The LA Times reported that the US Air Force is test firing a missile today, the second such test this year.
The unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled to be launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base.
According to the Air Force Global Strike Command, the missile’s effectiveness, accuracy, and readiness will be evaluated.
Col. Chris Moss, Vandenberg’s 30th Space Wing commander said that missile launches and tests are “essential to verify the status of our national nuclear force and to demonstrate our national nuclear capabilities.”
Of course, the timing of the launch is not lost on others.
As North Korea intensifies their testing of ballistic missiles, Wednesday’s launch is being seen by some as a proverbial shot of the bow of North Korea, reminding them of our country’s power and the potential consequences North Korea may face if they do not stand down.
Maritime forces are also flexing their muscles.
The LA Times reported that on Tuesday, “the US 7th Fleet said it was conducting maritime exercises with naval ships from South Korea and Japan.”
“Both exercises demonstrate a shared commitment to security and stability in Northeast Asia as well as the US Navy’s inherent flexibility to combine with allied naval forces in response to a broad range of situations,” said a statement from the US 7th Fleet.
While today’s launch is not literally aimed at North Korea, it is safe to assume that it is aimed at sending them a clear and concise message. Stop the military build-up that threatens peace in the region, or else.
Source: LA Times