TIME.com's Battleland Blog
CNAS Authors: Lieutenant General David W. Barno, USA (Ret.)
, Dr. John A. Nagl
, Dr. Nora Bensahel
Original Post: "Is U.S. National Security Gun-Heavy And Butter-Light?"
July 27, 2011 — One of the intriguing things about recently-departed defense secretary Robert Gates -- pretty much a lifetime spy -- was his concern that the U.S. toolkit was out of whack when it comes to weapons v. diplomacy. He'd frequently mention how there were more sailors on an aircraft carrier, or musicians in the Pentagon's bands, as there are foreign service officers working for the State Department. Does he have a point? Debating the issue is your Battlander joined by John Nagl of the Center for a New American Security and Nora Bensahel and Dave Barno, two of John's colleagues at CNAS.
Topic(s): Iraq, Terrorism, Irregular Warfare and Crime, WMD and Nuclear Proliferation
Project(s): Contracting in Conflicts, Diplomacy and Development, Iran, Special Operations Forces, Terrorism, Irregular Warfare and Crime, Iraq, U.S. Military Forces and Operations, Voices from the Field Event Series, WMD and Nuclear Proliferation
People: Lieutenant General David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Dr. Nora Bensahel, Dr. John A. Nagl