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The growing gap between what the nation demands of the military and what its capacity, capability and readiness will allow, thanks to reduced budgets, will eventually lead to unacceptable outcomes and consequences.
Gates’s candid description of how he came to detest his job makes for jaw-dropping reading, as the reader wonders how even this most bureaucratic of bureaucrats kept his emotions in check.
The president's weakness on national security need not be the final word on defense. It is the duty of Congress to provide for the common defense, and it is the duty of the opposition to make arguments that might correct the course of failing policies, which is exactly what the GOP needs to do now.
“This is my last election,” President Obama said in words caught on an open mic. “After my election, I have more flexibility.” He was speaking in Seoul, South Korea, in March 2012, almost exactly two years ago, to Dmitri Medvedev, then in his last year as Vladimir Putin's stand-in president of Russia.
Increasingly, the military is confronting a variety of cyber- and espionage-related threats that could undermine, and in some cases already is damaging, the safety of American forces and the effectiveness of contingency plans.
The budget announcements this week from Defense Secretary Hagel seem to have awoken the media to the fact that the US military is not what it used to be, a reality that unsettles both those who believe the US should maintain a perponderance of military power and those who rely on the US to keep a vaiety of dangers at bay.
Ahead of the president's fiscal year 2015 budget submission, the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies will host Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox for a timely discussion of US defense budgetary priorities in 2015 and beyond.
The budget relief provided in the recent omnibus spending bill was simply a Band-Aid. Unfortunately, all the trend lines appear to be moving in the wrong direction. America’s waning military strength should be worrying Washington much more.