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An F-15 Eagle prepares for takeoff. Cuts to Air Force funding has exposed the F-15C/D fleet to significant operational risk. (Photo: Guvendemir/Getty Images) Rep. Vicky Hartzler. R-Mo, is a senior member on the House Armed Services Committee, and serves as the ranking member on the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee. This piece is part of a series on the importance of achieving peace through strength and a strong national security for the United States. Both have long been Heritage Foundation principles and a great foundation for American national power. Some voices are calling for a reduction in defense spending in order to focus on the national response to COVID-19, but the need to fully fund our military has never been greater. You can read the first piece in this series here , and learn more about the current state of our military in the 2020 Index of U.S. Military Strength .

Less than three years ago, the Trump administration announced to the world the reemergence of long-term, strategic competition . The administration asserted that the return to an era of great power competition is the central challenge to the future of American prosperity and security.

As a nation, we have allowed our competitive advantage to erode. We must reframe our perspective of national security.

China and Russia continue to challenge the United States and are exploiting what they perceive as American vulnerabilities. In the past, America has been able to project power and advance our interests globally, and we have been able to do so largely unchecked.

Today, that is an ability we can no longer take for granted.

In order to maintain our competitive advantage in the era of great power competition, we must modernize our forces. The need to recapitalize and modernize exists across all the services and in […]


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