Stimson’s “New US Defense Strategy for a New Era: Military Superiority, Agility, and Efficiency” arrived with a splash last November. Conducted with the support of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, this effort convened an independent task force of fifteen experts whose consensus reflects how best to approach today's military threats and priorities.
Last Sunday Barry Blechman, Stimson’s co-founder and the task force’s chairman, appeared on This Week in Defense News to discuss the group’s work. He emphasized both the strengths the US military should build on and the weakness that should be addressed:
Our military forces have unprecedented capabilities. We’ve spent a lot over the last 10 years, as you know, and it shows in our naval power, our air power, our space capabilities, our intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance capabilities. Our forces are flexible, can move quickly all over the world and conduct campaigns of unprecedented lethality, really. And that’s what we want to build on, that kind of ability to reach out and either help people in natural calamities or pound someone who’s doing harm to us or our friends…
The weakness is the mission we gave to our ground forces… We concluded ‘do not get involved in protracted nation-building operations.’
As Congress and the White House continue to wrestle with national defense costs, Stimson is excited to see this report inform and enrich the debate.