October 18, 2016

Report proposes slashing U.S. aircraft carriers, investing in lasers to combat Russia and China

Featuring Elbridge Colby, Paul Scharre, and Jerry Hendrix

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist Thomas Gibbons-Neff

The U.S. military is at infliction point. Unable to remove itself completely from two protracted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has been forced to respond to a resurgent Russia and a rising China, while remaining ready to combat myriad terrorist threats around the world.

The Pentagon’s $582.7 billion 2017 budget has attempted to put in place an architecture for these new challenges, but, according to a group of experts from the Washington-based think tank the Center for New American Security, the Pentagon will have to make some hard decisions if it wants to effectively combat the threats of the future.

Read the full article in The Washington Post.


  • Elbridge Colby

  • Paul Scharre

    Vice President and Director of Studies

    Paul Scharre is the Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security. He is the award-winning author of Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and th...

  • Jerry Hendrix

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Defense Program

    Jerry Hendrix was the Senior Fellow and the Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. A retired Captain in the United States Navy, his staff ...