Appendix: Military Capabilities and Corresponding Modernization Programs

Appendix: Military Capabilities and Corresponding Modernization Programs

Oct 5, 2017 4 min read

2018 Index of U.S. Military Strength Appendix. Alfred A. Coffield, U.S. Navy

As mentioned in the Methodology, this Index measures the capability of the U.S. military based on the current state of its combat equipment. Four factors are key to this assessment: the age of key platforms relative to their expected life span, whether the required capability is being met by legacy or modern equipment, the scope of replacement programs relative to the operational requirement, and the overall health and stability of modernization programs. This appendix presents each of the services’ principal combat platforms and corresponding modernization programs, scoring them in each of the four factors.

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