Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Recent history has shown that in a time of military change in the
United States, particularly after an extended period of combat, the
Armed Forces have the potential to regress into a "hollow force" -
that is, a force with a large number of troops but without an
adequate budget to pay for training and equipment modernization.
Such insufficient support in times past left the military
demoralized and the country vulnerable. Hollow forces emerged after
World War II and Vietnam. What are the factors that contributed to
their formation? What are the lessons to be learned? Today, as the
public grows weary of the conflict in Iraq, the Armed Forces labor
through transformation, and the Quadrennial Defense Review
recommends program and personnel cuts, could it be happening
Please join us in the first of a series of lectures on the Hollow
Force, as our experts analyze the history and impact of the hollow
More About the Speakers
David Abshire, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer,
The Center for the Study of the Presidency
Gen. Edward "Shy" Meyer (Ret.)
Former Army Chief of Staff
Lewis Sorley, Ph.D.
James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.
Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow