A new study, released by McKinsey & Co. reveals how governments manage their defense spending. The USA doesn’t fair too well in the report according to John T. Bennett at Defense News:
“In general, countries that make it a point to support their domestic defense industries have higher procurement costs than those that rely on imports. Countries that procure older equipment from the global market tend to have very capable fleets for less money,” according to the report.
Specifically concerning the USA, the reports said this:
“The United States and Australia are the lowest performing countries with regard to equipment output for every dollar spent.”
Here is the so-called “tooth to tail” ratio, or troops fighting in the frontlines compared to non-combat personnel:
The United States was second-to-last with 84 percent of its personnel in non-combat or combat support positions.
I was also a little shocked at this, considering the USA is most often in combat situations compared to other militaries.
If anyone can find the McKinsey & Co. report itself online, I would be much appreciative if you post it in the comments.