A recent dossier from The Heritage Foundation’s hallowed halls has sent ripples through the ranks, painting a stark picture of Uncle Sam’s armed prowess—or the alleged lack thereof.

This Washington, DC outfit, with their conservative glasses on, took a long, hard look at our armed forces, putting it through the wringer based on capability, capacity, and readiness. And what they found? Let’s just say it ain’t all stars and stripes.

I’ve seen my share of what the military’s got and what it’s lacking, so let’s dive into this report, separating the wheat from the chaff, and see if we’re really in a pickle.

The Three-Pronged Probe

The Heritage boys didn’t pull punches.