The stakes are high. Both Russia and China are increasingly challenging the United States and its allies. Iran is ramping up its nuclear program. North Korea can now hit the United States with nuclear-tipped missiles. Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups may step into the vacuum created by the U.S. departure from Afghanistan. Nations like Libya and Yemen are in chaos. The U.S. military faces the twin challenge of maintaining its combat advantage in the information age while facing looming budget constraints. The National Security and Defense program aims to help policymakers and the public better understand these and other threats facing the United States and the options available for responding to them.
All current U.S. military personnel have one thing in common: they volunteered. But falling recruitment has raised questions of national security, military readiness, and the health of U.S. society. Can the all-volunteer force handle a changing international security landscape?
In addition to minority communities and those on the political left, far-right and white supremacist extremism threatens violence against institutions conservatives cherish as well, such as the U.S. military.
Max Boot, the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow in national security studies at CFR and a columnist for the Washington Post, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the progress Ukraine is making in its ongoing effort to retake the territory Russia seized in its 2022 invasion.