May 23, 2012

U.S. Must Remain Pre-eminent Military Power While Reforming Department of Defense, Say CNAS Experts

In Sustainable Pre-eminence: Reforming
the U.S. Military at a Time of Strategic Change,
released today by the
Center for a New American Security, experts LTG David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Dr.
Nora Bensahel, Matthew Irvine and Travis Sharp argue that DOD should organize
and operate America's armed forces in new ways. Click here to read the transcript from the May 29 live web chat with the authors of Sustainable Pre-eminence.

Maintaining the U.S. military's global pre-eminence is vital to protecting American interests and promoting American values. However, the Pentagon still has not enacted the types of reforms that are necessary to sustain that pre-eminence into the future.

Download Sustainable Pre-eminence: Reforming the U.S.
Military at a Time of Strategic Change.

authors recommend that DOD:

  • Sustain
    U.S. military pre-eminence but spend less on defense.
  • Use
    resources more effectively by strengthening interdependence and reducing
    redundancy among the services.
  • Accelerate
    investments in leap-ahead technologies, especially unmanned, autonomous
    and artificial intelligence systems.
  • Downsize
    military headquarters and the civilian and contractor workforce.

Report co-authors LTG Barno and Dr. Bensahel will also discuss this report at
the CNAS annual conference on Wednesday, June 13 during a session on
Responsible Defense in a Changing World. Learn more about the conference and
register here. The conference will also be webcast live starting at 8:45 a.m. EDT on June 13.

Stay up to date on all CNAS news and events by following @CNASdc on Twitter and visiting us on Facebook. Sustainable Pre-eminence will also be
available online here in e-reader and Kindle
format on June 13.

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