March 26, 2014

Preparing the U.S. Military for an Uncertain Future

By Kelley Sayler

The years ahead represent a critical juncture for the Department of Defense (DoD). As it continues to draw down from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it must not only implement the deep budgetary cuts imposed by sequestration (approximately $500 billion over 10 years) but also develop long-term plans for safeguarding the nation and ensuring that U.S. military forces remain second to none. Today, the United States faces no near-term peer competitor. But the security environment—and further, the conduct of warfare—is rapidly evolving. If the U.S. military is to protect its position of unchallenged superiority over the long term, it must rebalance its forces and adjust its investments to prepare for an uncertain future, even if this means assuming limited risk in the present.

Read the full article from CSIS.

  • Commentary
    • The American Interest
    • November 8, 2019
    The Enduring Relevance of Reagan’s Westminster Speech

    Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of three essays, commissioned by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, examining the legacy of Reagan’s Westmin...

    By Richard Fontaine

  • Podcast
    • November 8, 2019
    Friday Roundtable

    On the Roundtable episode of the Defense & Aerospace Podcast, Robert F. Hale joins Todd Harrison, the director of defense budget analysis and the Aerospace Security Project at...

    By Robert F. Hale

  • Commentary
    • Defense One
    • November 7, 2019
    National Security Is Made of People

    For several years, members of Congress and senior defense officials have worried, dramatically and out loud, about the state of military readiness, devoting bipartisan harangu...

    By Loren DeJonge Schulman

  • Reports
    • October 25, 2019
    Small Satellites in the Emerging Space Environment

    Steven Kosiak assesses the advantages and risks of widespread networks of smaller satellites versus consolidated networks of larger satellites....

    By Steven Kosiak

View All Reports View All Articles & Multimedia