Building a New Defense Strategy
Chris, Melanie, and Zack, discuss Frank Hoffman’s recent War on the Rocks essay, “U.S. Defense Strategy after the Pandemic,” which makes the case for adjusting U.S. strategic objectives in light of flat or declining Pentagon budgets over the next few years. While the Pentagon might intend “to implement the 2018 National Defense Strategy as if the pandemic and recession never happened,” Hoffman explains, we “should evaluate US national security strategy under much more austere defense spending scenarios.” And now we can. As it happens, War on the Rocks, in partnership with the American Enterprise Institute and Center for Strategic & International Security, has just rolled out a clever online budgeting tool that allows users to design their own defense strategies according to a wide range of criteria. Be sure to check it out.
Grievances include gun violence and big bugs (cicadas), and for Joe Biden wanting to take away drug maker patents. Shout outs to Liz Cheney, the G-7’s proper stance on Taiwan, and the World Health Organization and think-tank transparency — and a special attaboy for Producer Tre, the hardest working dude in the podcast universe.
- Frank Hoffman, “US Defense Strategy after the Pandemic,” War on the Rocks, April 20, 2021
- Caroline Multerer, “#100: Create an Office of Gun Violence Prevention in the Department of Homeland Security,” Atlantic Council, April 29, 2021
- Eli Clifton and Ben Freeman, “Restoring Trust in the Think Tank Sector,” Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, May 10, 2021
- Defense Futures
- Matthew Lesh, “‘Stakeholder Capitalism’ Caused the Oxford Vaccine Debacle,” Wall Street Journal, May 5, 2021
- Afshin Molavi, “Globalization in a Needle,” Substack, April 30, 2021
- Robert Work, “Storm Clouds Ahead: Musings about the 2022 Defense Budget,” War on the Rocks, March 30, 2021
- Charles Q. Brown, Jr. and Gen. David H. Berger, “Redefine Readiness or Lose,” War on the Rocks, March 15, 2021
- Nike Ching, “G-7 Countries Back Taiwan’s Observer Status in World Health Assembly,” VOA News, May 5, 2021