Any synthetic is always a step up over wood.
B&C is a very good choice, but if money isn't the main consideration, look hard at the offerings from McMillan.
History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.
If you think a strong military is expensive, think about what a weak one would cost