Since the Spanish-American War, the United States has had a poor record of preparing against future threats. We cut vital development needed to meet future foes, losing lives and treasure until we wake up from our self-inflicted slumber.

We used to call it short-sightedness. Today we call it sequestration.

The biggest bullies on the planet stating their aims to harm America are Iran, North Korea, and transnational, radical Muslim extremists. While those in the rogue states are launching their tirades, they are also launching real missiles. Transnational radicals become ready allies in this newest way to threaten an America with limited resources.

These ballistic bullies should be the focus of our limited funds.

Steve Russell was a member of the U.S. Army.  Use of this military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense.