CNN Admits That Ukraine Has Become a Testing Ground for United States Weapons
On January 16, 2022, CNN declared that Ukraine functions as a “battle lab” for the US and its allies’ weapons. In fact, the CNN report highlighted that the US government has thoroughly studied the conflict for future lessons, per data and opinions that CNN was able to obtain from unnamed intelligence and defense officials.
Analysts have described Ukraine as “a veritable battle lab,” which has offered the United States and its partners “an opportunity to study how their own weapons systems perform under intense use” and what munitions both sides are using to gain an advantage on the battlefield. In addition, the US military has observed how successful Russia has been with its use of drone technology.
“Ukraine is `absolutely a weapons lab in every sense because none of this equipment has ever actually been used in a war between two industrially developed nations’,” a source familiar connected to Western intelligence said to CNN. The Russo-Ukrainian war has been “an incredible source of data on the utility of its own systems” for the US Department of Defense, the source continued.
Russian state media outlet TASS highlighted some of findings military experts in the West have been able to compile regarding their weapons systems:
For example, the Switchblade 300 drone and a missile have proved to be less effective than anticipated, a military operations officer with knowledge of the battlefield told CNN. According to him, the HIMARS multiple rocket launcher has required a high rate of maintenance under heavy use, and the M777 howitzer loses its rifling if too many shells a fired in a short time period. Western military officials, the officer said, would be studying this data for years. Thus, the M777 howitzer system may be a thing of the past, because it is harder to move quickly to avoid return fire.
Since Russia launched its military incursion into Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the Collective West has not only sanctioned Russia, it has sent significant amounts of military aid to Ukraine in an effort to degrade Russia’s war-making ability. Russian authorities have long stressed that continued military aid to Ukraine will only prolong the conflict and lead to further death and suffering.
Unfortunately, the US military-industrial complex is motivated by a desire to perpetuate conflicts wherever it can. For that reason, defense companies will do everything in their power to have the US stoke conflicts abroad. In the short-term, this is profitable for their enterprises.
However, for the rest of the country, such conflicts don’t do anything to improve their living standards. In fact, perpetual warfare puts many brave Middle Americans serving in the military in grave danger should these conflicts have US forces getting directly involved.
If the US wants to attain stability at home and abroad, it must scale back its imperial pretensions.