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Feb 03

Avoiding the Hollow Force: Is the Military Stretched too Thin?

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.

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Related Reading

The Hollow Force: Background and Issues

Getting it Right: A Congressional Guide to Grading the 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review

Stretched Thin
Army Forces for Sustained Operations

More About the Speakers

Lynn Davis, Ph.D.
Senior Political Scientist,
The Rand Corporation

Frederick W. Kagan, Ph.D.
President Fellow,
American Enterprise Institute

Thomas G. Mahnken, Ph.D.
Visiting Fellow,
Johns Hopkins University,
School of Advanced International Studies

Vance Renfroe
President and CEO,
Minuteman Institute for National Defense Studies

Hosted By

James Jay Carafano, 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 Read More