Defense Showstoppers: National Security Challenges for the Obama Administration
The Obama Administration will face numerous challenges to U.S. national security. Among these, several stand out for their potential as “showstoppers,” where, if the challenge is not met, the U.S. may suffer a strategic loss of capability:
- What is the proper balance between counterinsurgency and traditional military formations in our planning?
- With respect to the procurement process, the defense industrial base, and the budget, are we short-changing the future?
- Can the U.S. meet its responsibilities with the current active-reserve structure? And if not, how?
- Seven years into the Long War, how can we improve coordination among Defense, State, the CIA, and others?
In this conference, our objective is to set forth clearly the actions needed to sustain America’s defense capability.