January 23, 2020

Winning the Next War

By Robert O. Work and Chris Dougherty

Chinese and Russian capabilities to exploit vulnerabilities in America's current way of war have grown. Without major changes to how it fights its wars, does the United States risk losing a conflict with a great power competitor? CNAS experts Robert O. Work and Chris Dougherty explain how the United States can deter potential adversaries by changing the way it fights, improving how it trains its force, and developing a new American way of war.

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