Force readiness is a crucial indicator of whether the U.S. military is prepared to execute the National Defense Strategy. But the demands of daily peacetime competition and responding to emerging crises and contingencies around the globe often come at the expense of preparing the Joint Force for potential future threats. How should the U.S. Department of Defense balance the demands of today and tomorrow? On Tuesday, February 15, the Center for a New American Security hosted the Honorable Shawn Skelly, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness, to discuss how the Department plans to build, maintain, and balance warfighting capabilities and competitive advantages to achieve strategic objectives both today and tomorrow.
This conversation is part of the CNAS Mission Brief speaker series, which features deep-diving discussions with the military and civilian leaders driving strategy and future force planning. Conversations cover a wide array of topics, including future defense strategy and force design, new operational concepts, and balancing readiness with ongoing operations.
Honorable Shawn Skelly
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness
Fellow, Defense Program
Center for a New American Security