December 01, 2014

Pentagon Mulls Strategy for Next Arms Race

By Shawn Brimley

Source: National Defense Magazine

Journalist(s) Sandra I. Erwin

The democratization of technology should be something to celebrate. Not so much at the Pentagon, which is seeing its stranglehold on cutting-edge weaponry slip as more countries and potential adversaries stock up on shiny objects that used to be only available to the U.S. military.

The idea that the United States might see its overwhelming dominance in weapons technology erode is hard to comprehend, however, given the enormous spending gap between the Pentagon and everyone else. In fact, notes the Defense Department’s chief weapons buyer Frank Kendall, U.S. superiority has now become a double-edged sword because it has made the country — and its policy makers — complacent. 

Read the full article at National Defense Magazine.

  • Shawn Brimley

    Executive Vice President and Director of Studies

    Shawn Brimley is Executive Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) where he manages the center’s research agenda and staff. Mr....