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    America’s Dangerous Narcissism

    Chapter I:
    The True Measurements of Military Power

    Chapter II:
    The Birth of Modern American Military

    Chapter III:
    The Many Misinterpretations of World War II

    Chapter IV:
    American Elites’ Inability to Grasp the
    Realities of War

    Chapter V:
    Educational Deficits and Cultural Caricatures

    Chapter VI:
    Threat Inflation, Ideological Capture, and
    Doctrinal Policy Questions

    Chapter VII:
    The Failure to Come to Grips with the Modern
    Geopolitical Realignment

    Chapter VIII:
    The “Hollow Force” Specter

    The Threat of a Massive American Military

    Putin’s Game-Changer:  Peace Through
The Myopia of American Strategic Planning
ANDREI MARTYANOV is an expert on Russian
military and naval issues.  He was born in Baku,
USSR in 1963. He graduated from the Kirov Naval
Red Banner Academy and served as an officer on
the ships and staff position of Soviet Coast Guard
through 1990. He took part in the events in the
Caucasus which led to the collapse of the Soviet
Union. In mid-1990s he moved to the United States
where he currently works as Laboratory Director in a
commercial aerospace group. He is a frequent
blogger on the US Naval Institute Blog.
“Our competitive edge has eroded in every domain of warfare – air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace,” General Mattis said. “And it is continually eroding.”

    American exceptionalist culture has deep roots in
    the American founding, which even Alexis De
    Tocqueville observed in his seminal work in 1837.
    While exceptionalism is not unique to America, the
    intensity of their conviction and its global
    ramifications are. This view of its exceptionalism
    has led the US to grossly misinterpret—sometimes
    deliberately—the causative factors of key events of
    the past two centuries. Accordingly, the wrong
    conclusions have been derived, and very wrong
    lessons learned. Nowhere has this been more
    manifest than in American military thought and its
    actual application of military power.
    Time after time the American military has failed to
    match lofty declarations about its superiority,
    producing instead a mediocre record of military
    accomplishments. Starting from the Korean War the
    United States hasn’t won a single war against a
    technologically inferior, but mentally tough enemy.

    The technological dimension of American “strategy”
    has completely overshadowed any concern with the
    social, cultural, operational and even tactical
    requirements of military (and political) conflict.  
    With a new Cold War with Russia emerging, the
    United States enters a new period of geopolitical
    turbulence completely unprepared in any
    meaningful way—intellectually, economically,
    militarily or culturally—to face a reality which was
    hidden for the last 70+ years behind the curtain of
    never-ending Chalabi moments and a strategic
    delusion concerning Russia, whose history the US
    viewed through a Solzhenitsified caricature kept
    alive by a powerful neocon lobby, which even today
    dominates US policy makers’ minds.

    This book
    •        explores the dramatic difference between the
    Russian and US approach to warfare, which
    manifests itself across the whole spectrum of
    activities from art and the economy, to the
    respective national cultures;
    •        illustrates the fact that Russian economic,
    military and cultural realities and power are no
    longer what American “elites” think they are by
    addressing Russia’s new and elevated capacities in
    the areas of traditional warfare as well as
    cyberwarfare and space; and
    •        studies in depth several ways in which the US
    can simply stumble into conflict with Russia and
    what must be done to avoid it.

    Martyanov’s former Soviet military background
    enables deep insight into the fundamental issues
    of warfare and military power as a function of
    national power—assessed correctly, not through
    the lens of Wall Street “economic” indices and a
    FIRE economy, but through the numbers of
    enclosed technological cycles and culture, much of
    which has been shaped in Russia by continental
    warfare and which is practically absent in the US.

    An understanding of these serious, fundamental
    problems may help mitigate the mayhem that an
    Empire in decline may unleash globally out of both
    desperation and ignorance.

The coming of the revolutionary S-500 air-defense
system may completely close Russia and her allies'
airspace from any aerial or even ballistic threats.
These developments alone completely devalue the
astronomically expensive USAF front line combat
aviation and its colossal investment into the very
limited benefits of stealth, a euphemism for primarily
“invisibility” in radio diapason, the mediocre F-35
being a prime example of the loss of common
engineering, tactical and operational sense.
Radiophotonics detection technologies will make all
expenditures on stealth, without exception, simply a
waste of money and resources. No better experts on
how to waste resources exist than those sponsored
by the US military-industrial complex.

The situation is no better at sea. The introduction into
service in 2017 of the 3M22 Zircon hyper-sonic
missile  is already dramatically redefining naval
warfare and makes even remote sea zones a “no-sail”
zone for any US major surface combatant, especially
aircraft carriers. Currently, and for the foreseeable
future, no technology capable to intercept such a
missile exists or will exist. The US Navy still retains a
world-class submarine force, but even this force will
have huge difficulties when facing the challenge of
increasingly deadly and silent non-nuclear
submarines which are capable, together with friendly
sea and shore-based anti-submarine forces, to
completely shut down their own littorals from any kind
of threat. Once access through littorals and the sea
and even some oceans zones that matter are shut
down, as they are being now, one of the main pillars
of American naval doctrine and strategy—the ability to
project power—collapses. With it collapses the main
pillar of American superpowerdom, or, at least, of its
illusion. The late Scott Shuger formulated an
American naval contradiction:

    Because navies can go quietly over the horizon
    in ways armies can't, naval development
    presents a country with unique opportunities
    for going wrong. When a continental power like
    the United States disregards its natural defense
    barriers and builds big battle fleets, it has
    turned from geopolitical realities towards a
    troublesome kind of make-believe. This kind of
    navy exists only to defeat other navies that are
    similarly inclined. That's justifiable only if other
    navies like that already exist.  

No carrier-centric navies, other than the US Navy,
exist, nor will they exist in the nearest future since all
major naval players in the world, with the exception of
the US and Royal Navies, took the doctrine of
distributed lethality to heart and continued to invest
into serious anti-shipping capabilities across a huge
variety of platforms, with the Soviet Union, and
today's Russia, leading the way in the development of
deadly super- and hyper-sonic weapons. New very
long-range land attack cruise missiles become very
effective deterrent and power projection tools
against any kind of adversary. The United States is
not, as of yet, in this league and it may yet occur to
many American experts that Russia's procrastination
in building her own aircraft carriers is not just the
result of a lack of expertise or of shipbuilding
facilities, but primarily it is a result of a recognition of
the dawning of the realities of modern anti-ship
weapons and how they can instantly change the
balance of naval power by the mere threat of their
use. In fact, the future of navies is anything but a
carrier-centric paradigm. This is an equivalent of a
doctrinal Stalingrad, with carrier-centrism being born
in 1940s and 50s not so much out of actual strategic
necessities but as an instrument of institutional
survival—this is not a good way to develop an actual,
as required by strategic reality, military capability.

The day of reckoning is upon us. Even the staunch
American nationalist, Pat Buchannan, bitterly
observed: “Nobody's quaking in their boots,
anymore.”  The United States, both willingly and not,
in the last 20-plus years, through a series of badly-
conceived and largely falsely-premised military
adventures, exposed the dramatic limits of its military,
and as a consequence geopolitical, capabilities and
power, and the world took a notice. Short of nuclear
exchange, the United States cannot conventionally
defeat Russia or China in their immediate geographic
vicinities. A military superpower—which the United
States certainly still remains—which cannot defeat
any other superpower is hardly a good embodiment of
the superlative military terms it uses to describe
itself. Constantly proclaiming itself militarily
omnipotent without presenting universally accepted
evidence of such omnipotence does not make a good
case for such claims. This is not how things work in
reality, as with anything in life—reputation, which is a
first derivative of a record, matters a great deal. Spin
and propaganda campaigns can go only so far and
become increasingly less effective the more time
passes by without presenting a real record of

The problem with the US military, however, is even
deeper than that...

    "The arrogant hubris of American exceptionalism
    and the myths that sustain it are subjected to
    devastating analysis in this long overdue book."
    Paul Craig Roberts, "A Book for our Time"

    "Future historians may well identify Russian
    President Vladimir Putin’s landmark March 1 speech
    as the ultimate game-changer in the 21st-century
    New Great Game in Eurasia. The reason is minutely
    detailed in Losing Military Supremacy: The Myopia of
    American Strategic Planning, a new book by Russian
    military/naval analyst Andrei Martyanov...

    Martyanov’s must-read book is the ultimate Weapon
    of Myth Destruction (WMD). And unlike the Saddam
    Hussein version, this one actually exists.
    Pepe Escobar, AsiaTimes

    "But of all the aspects of the 'American dream', the
    single most resilient one has been the myth of the
    US military as “the finest fighting force in history”.
    In this new book, Andrei Martyanov not only
    comprehensively debunks this myth, he explains
    step by step how this myth was created and why it is
    collapsing now. This is no small feat, especially in a
    relatively short book (225 pages) which is very well
    written and accessible to everyone, not just military

    Martyanov takes a systematic and step-by-step
    approach: first, he defines military power, then he
    explains where the myth of US military superiority
    came from and how the US rewriting of the history
    of WWII resulted in a complete misunderstanding,
    especially at the top political levels, of the nature of
    modern warfare. He then discusses the role
    ideology and the Cold War played in further
    exacerbating the detachment of US leaders from
    reality. Finally, he demonstrates how a combination
    of delusional narcissism and outright corruption
    resulted in a US military capable of wasting truly
    phenomenal sums of money on “defense” while at
    the same time resulting in an actual force unable to
    win a war against anything but a weak and
    defenseless enemy...

    ...The above summary does not do justice to
    Martyanov’s truly seminal book. I can only say that I
    consider this book as an absolutely indispensable
    “must read” for every person in the US who loves
    his/her country and for every person who believes
    that wars, especially nuclear ones, must be avoided
    at all costs..."
    The Saker.

    "The cutting-edge issue of our time is whether
    humanity can survive America’s rage for global
    dominance while failing to acknowledge its
    declining supremacy relative to other nations.  In
    his must read new book, titled Losing Military
    Supremacy: The Myopia of American Strategic
    Planning, Russian military analyst Andrei Martyanov
    discussed this important issue - America’s
    inexorable decline despite spending countless
    trillions of dollars to remain the dominant global
    superpower...   Martyanov’s book provides
    important insights into America’s declining military
    supremacy, affecting this most vital issue of our
    Stephen Lendman, Global Research
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