Could The US Defend From An Invasion of the Homeland


It’s the early 1980s, and over the skies of
the American heartland, Soviet and Cuban paratroopers begin to fall from the sky. In minutes thousands of communist invaders
have gained a foothold in the very heart of America, and with World War III in full swing,
it’s up to a band of plucky teenagers to fight a guerilla war against the godless commies. If you grew up in the 80s, or just plain don’t
have a bad taste in movies, then you’re well aware of the action hit Red Dawn, a film that
portrays a Soviet invasion of the United States towards the end of the Cold War. No, we’re not talking about the remake, we
don’t speak of the remake. But film aside, could it really happen? That question was asked by Inforgraphics Show
fan Blazik (VO NOTE: PRONOUNCED BLAZE-ICK) who wanted to know if someone were to invade
America, could the US pull all its forces home and hold out against a foreign invader? Despite what fiction like Red Dawn would have
you believe, the United States was never in any danger of an invasion by the Soviet Union-
mostly because the Russian people were about as interested in invading the US as Americans
were in invading the Soviet Union. Of course that didn’t stop politicians and
military officials on both sides using the fear of an evil capitalist- or communist-
invasion from ballooning defense budgets. The saddest fact of the cold war just might
be that despite all the preparations to defend from an invasion by both sides, neither NATO
nor the Soviet bloc ever had a single war plan drawn up for an actual preemptive invasion
of the other’s territory. But another major reason why the US was never
under threat of an invasion is due to its unique place in world geography. In order for an enemy to get to America, first
it must cross two massive oceans, and this geographic fact makes the United States the
single most secure nation on earth. Even today, moving troops and equipment across
the oceans is a massive undertaking in terms of both logistics and cost, and very few nations
are even capable of attempting the feat. But let’s say that the two leading peer competitors
to the US decided to join forces and team up against the United States. With all troops returned home from overseas,
could the US defend itself against a double-sided assault against it by China and Russia? First, the two power alliance would have to
decide on where to strike. For an invasion to be successful, both nations
would have to land troops as quickly as possible, and that would require the use of a working
seaport. These ports would require good rail and road
infrastructure, and must have deep water anchorages so that large cargo ships could dock and disgorge
troops and heavy equipment. The need to take and hold major seaports is
critical, as aside from a few token forces with a small number of fire support platforms,
amphibious landings alone wouldn’t be able to deliver firepower fast enough to secure
a beachhead. In Normandy during World War II, the success
of the landings was largely down to a brilliant deception played out by the Allies which saw
the Nazis concentrate their forces at the wrong landing site, and even when the real
landings happened a hundred miles away, Nazi commanders were so fooled by Allied intelligence
that they ordered their forces to hold their positions, believing that the ‘real’ assault
was coming their way any day. This ruse, combined with some whopping tactical
blunders by Hitler, allowed the Allies to quickly build a makeshift port facility which
let Allied armor and artillery disembark. Had Hitler allowed his commanders to commit
Panzer reinforcements to the landings, Normandy would likely have ended as a complete catastrophe
for the allies. By the time he cleared reserve Panzer units
for an assault on the beachheads, Allied logistical units had already disembarked enough tanks
to repel the assault. In an invasion of the US homeland, such a
ruse would be impossible to pull off. Long range and satellite surveillance assets
would see an invasion fleet days before it made landfall, and its target would be clearly
known to the American defenders. Therefore China and Russia would have to act
quickly and decisively, taking major sea ports and holding them long enough to disembark
a sizable expeditionary force able to repel American counter-assaults. For China, the only good options for unloading
main battle tanks and mechanized artillery would be the ports in LA, Long Beach, Oakland,
Tacoma, and Seattle. The LA/Long Beach complex would be especially
attractive, as it is one of the world’s largest ports and would allow Chinese forces to disembark
very quickly. Unfortunately, these port facilities are also
very close to several American air and naval bases, making them easily defended. The Seattle and Tacoma ports however are far
more vulnerable, as only five major American bases are near these facilities. Landing in Washington though would mean Chinese
forces would have to fight south into California through easily defended and very mountainous
terrain- a tactical nightmare for any Chinese commander. Russian invaders would face an even less enviable
job. The American east coast is home to far more
numerous large port facilities, giving the Russian invasion force a greater number of
targets to pick from. Unfortunately, the American east coast is
also its most heavily defended, with several dozen major military installations spread
out from north to south. The east coast is also home to America’s largest
military shipyards, which would be so heavily protected it would be suicidal to attempt
a landing or assault against them. Russia’s best bet would be to attempt a landing
in Mobile, Alabama, or Houston, Texas. This however would mean Russian forces would
have to spend more time out at sea, and move into the Gulf of Mexico where they would be
surrounded on all sides but the south by major American air bases. For both our challengers, the tactical picture
is not looking very good, as the United States simply has no viable landing sites for a major
expeditionary force that couldn’t be easily defended. China and Russia could opt to coerce or bribe
Mexico or Canada into allowing them to land at their facilities and then launch an invasion
into the US itself. This would be by far the best strategic option
for the invasion forces, but in response to the agreement between either nation and the
Sino-Russian alliance, the United States would immediately begin a large-scale bombing campaign
against port facilities in Canada or Mexico. With every viable port being within easy reach
of American bombers, even before the invasion force crossed the ocean they would be sailing
for ports that have been turned into rubble. Assuming that the US didn’t use naval aviation,
which it definitely would, the invaders could opt for using ports in South America- well
out of the reach of most American bombers- and then simply move north to invade through
Mexico. Moving through South America’s poor road and
rail infrastructure though would be a nightmare for the invaders, allowing plenty of time
for the US to simply move blocking forces through Mexico to Panama and hold off the
invasion there. If miraculously though the alliance did manage
to land forces in Canada or Mexico, it would face a different tactical nightmare altogether. In Canada, the lack of suitable border crossings
would force the invaders to spread out over a large area, or bottleneck and be subjected
to endless attacks by American air power. In Mexico military border crossings would
be possible over a far larger area, but enemy forces would be moving through terrain that
provided absolutely no cover. American air power would once more devastate
any invaders trying to move through the flat terrain of the US/Mexico border. Geography alone provides the United States
with near invulnerability from enemy invasion, but the logistics of the world’s militaries
proves why the US simply cannot be invaded. An invasion of the American homeland would
rely on naval power to get the job done, and right off the bat, no nation on the earth-
nor any combination of nations- has the firepower and logistical support needed to carry out
such an invasion. The matter is one of historical necessity
for the world- ever since the end of the second world war, all of the world’s major powers
have had no need to project military power far from their own shores, except for the
United States. The Soviet Union was chiefly concerned with
securing its European borders, and in the case of a third world war, its most vital
strategic objectives could all be reached over land. The vitally important oil fields of the middle
east could all be taken via land routes through Afghanistan and Iran, and no navy was needed
to hold off NATO forces in Europe. The same was true for Europe’s NATO members-
while once their mighty navies ruled the waves all over the world, their concerns in the
20th century quickly became resisting a possible Soviet invasion, and for that no major naval
power was needed. In the Atlantic, the Soviets hoped to slow
the American response with the use of submarines, but ultimately knew they could never stop
the US Navy and thus never seriously tried. On the other side of the world, China struggles
to turn itself into a first world power, and other than resentment towards Japan over its
actions in World War II, China has had no real motivations to build a strong navy- at
least until now. Much like the Soviet Union and Europe’s NATO
partners though, China definitely had no real reason to build a heavy sealift capability
in order to move thousands of troops and heavy equipment across the ocean. On the other hand, the United States is both
blessed, and cursed by geography. While it is untouchable to invasion thanks
to the Atlantic and Pacific, it also means that in order to project power on the world
stage, America has always needed a strong navy. This is the reason that the US has always
had a very strong naval tradition, and why it has invested in naval and air transport
more than any other nation on earth. If US troops want to get somewhere after all,
they’re certainly not walking there. To even get forces to the US, any invading
army is going to need some serious sealift capability, and no force on earth comes even
close to the US’s 125 vessel Military Sealift Command, which operates a vast fleet of oilers,
tankers, and heavy cargo transports. Yet even this fleet is not enough according
to some analysts, and plans are being called for that include dramatically increasing the
capability of the US’s military transport fleets. China has in recent years expanded its landing
ship capabilities, with several dozen available to carry troops and heavy equipment. These ships though are not meant for global
operations, and are only designed for cross-strait invasions into Taiwan or to ferry supplies
to China’s illegal holdings in the artificial islands it built across the South China Sea. A crippling lack of support vessels such as
oilers means that China cannot physically get its landing ships across the Pacific,
though even if this problem were to be solved, the nation cannot hope to make a contested
landing on foreign soil. Again, this is because of China’s lack of
need for a global expeditionary military force. China’s chief military concerns lie with a
military invasion and forced repatriation of Taiwan, and thus it has not invested money
into developing a true blue-water navy. Russia has even less naval transport capability
and support vessels, which again is a result of its military objectives being close to
home. To compound the two nation’s sea lift problems,
both nations have no dedicated amphibious assault ships capable of providing close air
support and air superiority to landing forces on a contested beach. By comparison, the US operates 9 of these
specialized vessels, and they will soon be equipped with the F-35 stealth fighter. Projecting air power is in fact the biggest
weakness for any nation hoping to invade the US, and China and Russia combined only operate
two active-duty aircraft carriers of extremely limited capabilities. Russia’s infamous Admiral Kuznetsov very publicly
had to be towed back to a friendly port after experiencing severe mechanical problems. Without adequate air power, neither nation
could expect to secure a foothold on the US mainland. America’s air forces are twice as large as
both nations combined, and its naval aviation alone is as large as Russia’s total air power. If by some miracle either nation could get
troops across the ocean to US shores, the lack of airpower would reduce the attempted
landings to a suicide mission. In the end not only could the US protect from
an invasion of the homeland, but it is currently and for the foreseeable future, completely
invulnerable to military invasion. Luckily, the US, China, and Russia have no
desire to fight each other, and there exists no real reason to. Now that you’ve made it to the end of the
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100 thoughts on “Could The US Defend From An Invasion of the Homeland

  1. There is a way.
    Step One: buy up properties in the U.S. & Lay extremely low.
    Step Two: in the various properties, through Commercial Trade, mostly, send various parts & equipment of disassembled armor & other assets.
    Step Three: after obtaining all the needed information, as well as other assets, send various award packages & prizes to move various families so they’ll be out of the country indefinitely.
    Step Four: house soldiers in empty homes, especially when their Trusted Neighbors, which was rebuilding the armor, asked ‘em to watch the house & such.
    Step Five: . . .

    -U.S. Army’s Ghost Army: Joker Squad (DC Comics)

  2. Well, think about this, Russia and China could make secret deals to transport naval aviation to underground facilities in Canada and Mexico. Day of attack would involve an aerial invasion followed by ground invasion. That may be able to change things a little bit. I'd like to see a video accounting for that.

  3. WW3: [snoozing] … zzZZ..zzZZ
    The Infographics Show: pokes it with a stick

  4. As long as the people are allowed to defend themselves is he with the second amendment that is everything the United States soldier has the people should be able to have the military might be overrun buy foreign military they might be able in bed but there is no way they would be able to keep it because of the American people in the Second Amendment that's why the Liberals are trying to get rid of the Second Amendment

  5. You forgot the way more than 100,000,000 armed citizens that any foreign invaders would face.

  6. Here's a video idea. Could America conquer all of North and South America? Not intervention from another continent

  7. Imagine someone trying to invade through Houston! We wouldn’t even need the military, we’d give them a nice dose of Southern Hospitality, & introduce them to the MILLIONS of weapons privately owned by Texans.

  8. 120.5 guns per 100 people in the us. They would all take the room temperature challenge

  9. If a foreign enemy crosses the 300 mile line at sea, the US would deploy it's Navy.

  10. 300 millions firearms in the USA. A undefeatable militia. Plus no one would try. Everyone would rather trade than shoot.

  11. Three nuclear warheads, launched from cargo ships, detonated at high altitude would cause a blanketing EMP across the United States. Wait one year while the population dies off and then bring in landing troops. Done.

  12. The Atlantic and Pacific oceans…the ultimate moats

    Mind you, this does neglect the fact that should a major conflict actually break out…the US would be pretty much cut off from global trade and since they produce virtually nothing domestically anymore….that would not go over very well.

    The moat does work both ways after all.

  13. Their best bet would be to infiltrate and bring troops through Mexico in some sort of long term economic way. Set up shop over a number of years, carefully plan, then invade over land in overwhelming force. It would still be a long shot and tough to do.

  14. Don't forget one hundred fifty million of my brothers and a trillion rounds of ammunition.

  15. I noticed the description seems to indicate that the US Navy is a separate entity from the military, instead of a branch of it.

  16. The threat of invasion to the U.S. was really eliminated once she became a nuclear superpower. It's rather ridiculous all the money we currently spend on conventional forces and weaponry. The U.S. defense budget could probably be cut by 80%.

  17. IT WOULD BE EASIER FOR RUSSIA TO INVADE THE WEST COAST… CHINA WOULD HAVE A BETTER SHOT,IF THEY MOVED VEHICLES AND WEAPONS IN CARGO SHIPS,AND TROOPS COULD BE FLOWN IN BY PASSENGER ARLINES…IT WOULD PROVIDE ELEMENT OF SUPRISE IF VARIOUS PORTS AND AIRPORTS HAD SHIPS AND PLANES FULL LANDING SIMULTANEOUSLY…ONE CHINESE CARGO SHIP FULL OF TROOPS, VEHICLES HIDDEN IN SHIPPING CONTAINERS,AND ANTI AIRCRAFT WEAPONS COVERED BY SHIPPING CONTAINERS COULD TAKE A PORT

  18. What !!!! You are right now being invaded and are cheering them on !!!

  19. How many guns worldwide??? Well at the end of the year of 2019 there is an estimated of over 900 million firearms in worldwide circulation. Oh and the United States has roughly over 394 million of those firearms and are own by a rough estimate of over 100 million law abiding Citizens. Now which country is foolish enough to confiscate our firearms? For we truly indeed will have every rifle behind every rock, tree, or blade of grass.

  20. did you forget the 173 million die hard US citizens, and the 102 different militias funded by the pentagon and the millions of ruthless gang members that is an army itself? on top of another 111 millions well trained soldiers that would be abruptly deployed in the dawn of such an event… if they even tried, they'd be TOAST. invading the Homeland would be suicide with no odds.

  21. And Civilans would form militias and fight in groups or alongside the millatary

  22. Canada would probably take us over the say "sorry", then take over the mexican, and other forces.

  23. You are just exaggerating the US. Russia can just take the US on its own without the help of China.

  24. You forget, our military is not part of the real equation. We Americans are armed and ready. We the people are why we are not invaded

  25. At 7:27 for the first time I actually reiki experience how big Russia is

  26. IF anyone was to invade the US, they would most likely use container ships to carry weapons in containers rather than try to bring transport ships. Then they would sabotage bases while their ships brought reinforcements. The most likely situation would be the US goes into a civil war and the UN calls for Russia and China to send troops "to quell the uprising".

  27. The only time the country would come together is repel any would be attacker from a foreign source.

  28. You can say what you will about Americas budget, politics, economics, spending priorities and so on. Like them or not, I find it hard not to be impressed by the sheer amount of military prowess and superiority they possess.

  29. As long as the USA has armed citizens there is no chance. California might fall before we can hold them back.

  30. If every single country in the world attacked the USA all at once we would most definitely lose. But not before we turned every piece of land on the planet into a nuclear wasteland parking lot. Wouldn’t be worth it for anyone 😂. 💣

  31. The mumbling from the characters isn’t necessary. It’s distracting.

  32. Not to mention the armed populous…The worlds largest standing army is located in WI, IL IN and MI during deer season…..

  33. You also forgot the millions and millions of Armed citizens who would not be too particularly happy with an invasion either

  34. If the US was invaded, the Democrats would welcome them with open arms and create sanctuary cities for them. Any resistance would be considered racist by the Democrats.

  35. In case of invasion of the US Mainland through Oregon or Washington, I have guns. Lots of guns, and bullets.
    I will not be keeping these guns for myself. I will be handing them out to the few people here who do NOT have guns. Every man and woman here, red or blue, would die together before letting a single foreign boot past our little podunk town.
    We'd die trying to take out armor with molotovs, but we'd try.
    Then they'd move on to the next podunk town, which you can hardly even tell exists from the air… and repeat.

  36. You forgot to mention the firepower of the American citizenry. Let's just say an invasion came and, as you pointed out, it came through the gulf coast. That would be a very bad idea. This would be where the proverbial, "gun behind every blade of grass," scenario would come into play. We have a lot of guns here in the south.

    A lot.

    Of guns.

    In the south.

  37. Ah… in order to make it to a port in Seattle, the fleet would have to drive into the Puget Sound. Pretty sure they wouldn’t, couldn’t make it to Port.

  38. How to invade a country with the greatest global power projection?

    You don't.

  39. WE ARE THE SUPREME POWER!!! HAIL PRESIDENT TRUMP!!!! Lol jk but we are a badass nation

  40. its funny that the Chinese paid off Mexico and the Russians just yelled at Canada

  41. The America's were successfully invaded in the 15th century. I wouldn't say anything is impossible, especially when history shows it has already happened before.

  42. The United States today has one tactical disadvantage that both Russia and China (or any enemy nation for that matter) know how to manipulate and exploit: Donald Trump. As long as this man (and I use the term 'man' loosely) is the supreme leader of this country, we are toast.
    An invasion fleet would take Washington DC down without a shot. All Trump would do is make a deal: "The US will be your new colony. It's citizens will be subject to your most draconian laws. And I will continue my role as leader…as your new territory's governor…uh, can I still be called 'president', your Excellency?"

  43. America is not an easy country to invade not just because you would need a long logistics support system but also the terrain. The weather varies from region to region, floods and tornadoes are common – what drove the British out of Washington in the War of 1812 was a hurricane that wiped out more troops it took to invade it. There are highlands and forests, ideal for guerrilla warfare, and if the enemy is denied food supplied they're not going to last very long. Moreover, the principal of the Second Amendment implies that weapons will be available for a guerrilla war.

  44. But China can't attack because they will lose quickly you know why inforgraphic show? It's because of the coronavirus

  45. Infographics: Invade Moble, Alabama or Houston, Texas
    Barksdale AFB B-52's in Bossier City, Louisiana: Yeah, go ahead and try that

  46. Russia and china could just use and EMP on both the Pacific Coast and Atlantic coast to knock out the US power grid including military targets thus allowing for radar, satillight, aircraft, and other military instations to be rendered useless thus allowing for the Chinese and Russian forces a window of time to execute a port landing and aginst a nation that has only conventional weponary thus allowing the Russians and Chinese to use their working electronics to quickly sweep through into mainland United States.

  47. They are using the coronavirus as a bioweapon in order to weaken us first then on top of that they're counting on the virus to cause chaos and Mayhem in order for them to make their next move that how America is going to fall apart remember you going to take an account of all the ignorant people out there as well the number of homeless

  48. The us could be invaded, but would destroy itself in its defence

  49. I don't own any guns. But if an invasion were to happen here on Alabama soil. Everybody would be passing around weapons like free candy. There's a gun store every street.

  50. wouldn't it be better for Russia to invade Alaska since its very close and china invade Hawaii

  51. You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass. By Isoroku Yamamoto

  52. American navy would destroy any warship or fleet attempting it. Not even the worlds navy combined would win

  53. The only answer is: It all depends on the US's readiness and logistics and the enemy's equipment and strategy

  54. 2:00
    You realize Russia is our ally right?
    Besides they hate China anyway.

  55. The American ppl make up the single greatest army in the world. Same reason japan never tried to invade.

  56. The scenario many are hoping for, I'm sure.
    They'd probably send in Captain Batflu first, to soften everyone up.

  57. Nope, just look around if a little virus can take over and spread fear then imagine what an invading army would do. America has grown weak over the years.

  58. Plainly said we are the biggest baddest boys on the block and an invasion would just mean more target practice for the wargames we love to play….

  59. "For the russians, the best choice would be Houston Texas…" TEXAS! I have never laugh soooo hard, thank you i needed that.

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