February 24, 2015

Ash Carter: Invest in the 3rd Offset Strategy

By Paul Scharre, Shawn Brimley and Jerry Hendrix

Ashton Carter, the newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of Defense,  will need to  articulate his vision of how he intends to lead the Pentagon over the next two years. He would do well to communicate his strategic vision quickly and tie that vision to particular choices.

There are two compelling reasons why Carter will need to move quickly. First, unless Congress changes the Budget Control Act, sequestration level cuts will be implemented in 2016, requiring the Pentagon to pursue another round of deep spending cuts. Working with congressional leaders to help reduce or eliminate the cloud of budget uncertainty over the Pentagon should be a priority.

Read the full article at Real Clear Defense.

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