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Should the French economy continue to lag, there will be pressure again to look to the defense budget for additional savings. In short, is France's 2013 white paper a realistic assessment of the future of French defense capabilities, or does it signal the start of a subtle but noticeable decline in the country’s strategic ambitions?
Poland has begun a major military modernization program whose success will depend on the continued health of the Polish economy and the transformation of the Polish defense industry into an efficient producer of advanced military equipment.
Germany's stagnant defense budget challenges the country's ability to establish a leaner, more flexible, and more deployable German armed forces. As Europe's leading economic power and, increasingly, as Europe's central political actor, Germany should take the lead in reversing the precipitous decline in European hard power.
With US armed forces increasingly focused on the Asia-Pacific region, there are growing concerns as to whether the navies of America's continental allies are up to meeting the challenges arising from the general unrest on Europe's eastern and souther maritime flanks.
As NATO summits go, this weekend's meeting of the alliance's members in Chicago may be memorable if only for being the least memorable one in recent history. Of course, quiet summits are not necessarily bad summits.
In this conference, veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, mental health and disability experts, and an economist will discuss current hurdles to rehabilitation, and suggest alternatives that could more effectively expedite the reintegration of veterans into their families, communities, and workplaces.
Please join Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA), AEI, the Heritage Foundation, and the Foreign Policy Initiative for a timely discussion on the 2014 QDR and the future of American defense strategy in an era of constrained budgets.
This event is livestream only.
AEI’s Philanthropic Freedom Project welcomes Bill Gates for an exclusive event at AEI.