Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Our program will be the second in our series on whether the
United States Military is heading toward a "Hollow Force." The term
was first used during the period after the Vietnam War when the
United States had a large number of soldiers but a level of funding
insufficient to maintain the pace of operations, procure equipment,
or pay for modernization. Today, the United States operates in a
period of strategic uncertainty that requires the Armed Forces to
be prepared for countless contingencies. Funding, furthermore, is
often a source of political tension. The question is whether the
United States will be able to balance requirements and resources in
this tumultuous period or whether it will head toward another
"Hollow Force." Please join us as we continue our Hollow Force
Series with a discussion of how to avoid this problem.
The Hollow Force:
Background and Issues
Getting it Right: A
Congressional Guide to Grading the 2005 Quadrennial Defense
Army Forces for Sustained Operations
More About the Speakers
Lynn Davis, Ph.D.
Senior Political Scientist,
The Rand Corporation
Frederick W. Kagan, Ph.D.
American Enterprise Institute
Thomas G. Mahnken, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University,
School of Advanced International Studies
President and CEO,
Minuteman Institute for National Defense Studies
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