The Adults are Heard From: National Defense Panel 2014
Last week brought with it the release of the National Defense Panel’s Assessment of the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) entitled“Ensuring a Strong U.S. Defense for the Future“. It is well-written, straightforward, and quite readable. Most importantly though, it represents the CONSENSUS view of a bi-partisan group of defense and national security experts that we are moving toward a “high risk” military force as the result of dangerous cuts in defense spending.
First, a story. Back in the olden days when I was part of a team writing strategy for the Navy, we were exposed to a quiet study done by an outside organization on how the Navy was viewed by policy elites on both sides of the political spectrum.
Bryan McGrath is the Managing Director of The FerryBridge Group defense consultancy and the Assistant Director of Hudson Institute’s Center for American Seapower.