The United States is scaling back its military while nations hostile to American interests continue to grow in strength and aggression, according to The Heritage Foundation’s annual Index of U.S. Military Strength, released Wednesday.
The index, rolled out nearly a week after President Barack Obama vetoed the nation’s annual defense bill, found that the military is in an overall decline, leaving national security capabilities weakened during a time of increased threat.
“The ability of the U.S. military to go out and do things is approaching what we call a ‘one-war capability,’” said Dakota Wood, a senior fellow in defense at The Heritage Foundation who edited the index.

“So if we were to commit to something like another Operation Iraqi Freedom, or a Korean War, or a contractive war like Vietnam … it would take just about the totality of the U.S. military capability.