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The Atlantic: Ukraine Crisis Reveals US Critical Vulnerabilities

First prototype Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW). File photoMOSCOW, June 16With the onset of the Ukrainian crisis, the critical dependence of the United States and the West on the supply of semiconductors from China became clear, according to a publication by The Atlantic reporter Elliot Ackerman. m – more than eight million. The then Chief of the American General Staff, General George Marshall, presented a report in which he warned of the catastrophe any rich country that laid down its arms. From the Korean campaign until the end of the Cold War, the US Army was on alert, and a limited reduction in its strength occurred already in the 1990s. “The country's leadership seemed to still heed Marshall's warning – albeit with one important exception” , the author wrote. After the end of the Cold War, the system of innovation and production that supported the country's armed forces began to atrophy. In the 1990s, a massive transfer of production to third world countries, primarily to China, began.The United States recognized the futility of sanctions against the Russian defense industry “Having retained a powerful mobilized army, the United States demobilized the production base,” the author explained. In recent years, the critical dependence on global supply chains and economic linkage to China, which has serious leverage over the West, has become apparent. The United States is particularly dependent on semiconductors from China and Taiwan. The article notes that it is important for America to achieve independence from foreign suppliers in this matter. Among the reasons why this is necessary for Washington is that, despite the cheapness of operating factories in China, the States are actually sharing technology with them: through the pre-emptive right of access from Beijing, as well as shares in American enterprises sold to local companies. In conclusion, the author called for mobilizing our own forces to eliminate dependence on China, even despite the high cost of production in the United States. a war for which the United States is not ready