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.
President Obama's new strategy for winning the war in Afghanistan has drawn praise from U.S. forces and international allies. But Afghan Defense Minister Gen. Adbul Rahim Wardak tells CFR.org that Washington's renewed commitment falls short of previous U.S. commitments.
A defense budget expert at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments says the Pentagon's recent spending request should be seen not as a sign of shifting military strategy, but rather a rebalancing of defense priorities.
President-elect Barack Obama made many promises on defense spending and strategy during his two-year run for the White House. But analysts say economic constraints and political pressure could make implementation difficult.
Eastern Europe’s defense spending has slowed in recent years, a trend that leaves it vulnerable to Russian aggression, writes Max Boot. While countries like the U.S. can help if needed, countries like Georgia and Hungary must bolster their own security and deter any Russian aggression by spending more of their GDP on defense and increasing the standing numbers of their militaries.
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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