October 13, 2011
Command Post: "How Can We Avoid a 'Hollow Military' This Time Around?"
Old-timers recall with dread the so-called "hollow Army" the U.S. had following the Vietnam War, which crystallized in 1980's failed rescue mission of the U.S. hostages held by Iran. Budget cuts are coming, so how can the U.S. avoid hollowing out its military forces once again? John Nagl, of the Center for a New American Security, and I chat about it with Todd Harrison, of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, and Nora Benshahel, a defense analyst at CNAS.