Fifty years after President Eisenhower's warning, the "military-industrial complex" still thrives and dictates national priorities, says CFR's Les Gelb, who argues that President Obama should make a case for building a strong domestic economy as a national security issue.
Bipartisan plans for reining in the U.S. deficit have been billed as crucial for national security. Yet those plans have triggered debate on whether proposed defense and foreign affairs cuts themselves pose a security threat.
The Obama administration's proposed defense budget fails to align spending with calls to rebuild the military to handle irregular warfare, says expert Todd Harrison. He also cites an inability to get personnel costs under control.
One day after the Defense Department released the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy gives an assessment of U.S. defense policy over the short and long term.
Every four years, the U.S. Department of Defense conducts a congressionally mandated review of national defense strategy and priorities known as the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). As the Pentagon concludes its 2010 QDR-the second such review to be conducted in wartime and the first of the Obama administration-join Michèle Flournoy for an assessment of defense policy over the short and long term.
Authors: Thomas Donnelly, Philip Dur, and Andrew F. Krepinevich Jr.
Andrew Krepinevich's vision for the U.S. military underestimates Washington's existing commitments and capabilities, Thomas Donnelly and Philip Dur argue. Not so, replies Krepinevich, and now is no time to stay the course.
Listen as Ashton B. Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics, outlines the Obama administration’s assessment of defense resources and priorities, and DOD’s shifting relationships with Capitol Hill and the business community.
Watch as Ashton B. Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics, outlines the Obama administration's assessment of defense resources and priorities, and DOD's shifting relationships with Capitol Hill and the business community.
In the next military budget Congress must provide funding for a wholesale shift toward counterinsurgency to win two wars. At the same time, policymakers must be mindful of the need for another transformation to anticipate future wars.
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The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
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