This short piece is based upon my (non-military background) appraisal of an article from the Royal United Services Institute of the U.K. HERE
It is worth reading.
The article discusses the concept of Industrial Warfare – i.e., the ability to sustain over a long term the military hardware necessary to conduct a sustained war.
What it points out is that the U.S. no longer has the industrial capacity to fight a war lasting more than a few weeks. Obviously, neither the French, nor Germany nor the U.K. do either.
The Russians have shown, in their quelling of the Ukraine aggression, that they do. It is my guess that the Chinese do also.
What does this mean?
The sobering answer to that is that, in any major conflict, the West would, in the absence of any other option, be forced to use nukes. Even there, Russia has far superior technology.
The U.S., the West in general, has been guilty of talking loudly and carrying a brittle twig.
Australia, which has almost entirely abdicated responsibility for its own defence, needs to lift its game immediately. Relying on the U.S. is naive in the extreme.
Rather than spending vast sums on frivolities such as climate change and human rights for the sexually peculiar, we need to wake up and start preparing Australia to be able to defend itself