There is a lot of political talk right now about the U.S. carrying the weight militarily for its allies, including NATO. One actual example of this is the recurring situation where, even in lower-intensity conflicts, our allies run out of guided air-to-ground munitions to drop on the enemy. Well, it has happening once again over Iraq and Syria, and the U.S. has stepped in like always as the big bomb and missile sugar daddy. But are even U.S. stockpiles up to the Pentagon’s strategic demands?
There can be no doubt that modern air wars cannot be fought on the cheap—well, unless you’re Russia. It is not just a tactical red flag, but a strategic one that even our wealthiest allies don’t have enough precision-guided munitions to sustain even their relatively small aerial contributions to the anti-ISIS air war.