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We Must Not Give Up Our Advantage

Wednesday, 09 May 2001 12:00 AM

But, guess what? The USA had a huge

And it is that technological advantage that more than any other factor keeps the US safe from the aggression that

In the ongoing debate over a missile shield and expanding our military capability into space, we should keep in mind that our ultimate survival will always depend on our ability to remain

In the last century we paid heavily for our smugness and laxness. We came out of World War I with the most advanced military in the world – especially an Army Air Corps that enabled us to "rule the skies.”

But we sat on our laurels during the 1930’s while Japan and Germany poured their national resources into military production.

While our infantry was rehearsing

Germany and Japan’s leaders scoffed at America’s will – and America’s ability to fight.

It took – after Pearl Harbor – years and years of death and horrendous suffering while the US rebuilt its industrial capacity and channeled its best minds into weapons development.

By 1945 – when we ultimately defeated both countries – we had attained the all-important

From that day forward we enjoyed – and continue to this day to enjoy -

Now it is China that looms on the horizon as a potential military adversary.

Like their communist allies in Moscow, China has a vast

As of today we spend $310 billion on the Pentagon. Beijing spends about $14.5 billion.

But they are stealing our secrets as fast as possible. Clearly they will go on a major military building program to catch up.

The

This is why Clinton’s cozy relationship with Beijing – and the tragedy of the leaks from Los Alamos – were so dangerous.

Decades of hard work and huge investment have given us this edge. Yet greed and criminality threaten to fritter it away.

The new Pentagon plans to expand our military efforts into space-based systems

It is by "owning” space that we will keep our advantage over China and all other potential enemies.

For one hundred years it has been the United States that has recognized that "peace comes through strength.”

That doctrine must remain in place today – and in the future.

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