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May 02

Hollow Force: Future of the U.S. Military?

~ A Protect America Month Program ~

A military force becomes “hollow” when it lacks sufficient capabilities to field trained and ready forces, conduct current missions, meet security commitments, and prepare for future threats. If a military can’t do these well, it can’t really deliver on the government’s promise to provide for the common defense. While the U.S. military is the most trained, professional, and powerful fighting force in the world, there are signs that a hollow force may be in our future.

After 10 years of war and major wear and tear on military equipment, the military is in need of modernization. Across all services, readiness problems are worsening. Three rounds of defense cuts since 2009, including the sequester, continue to exacerbate this situation. Defense spending must be focused and efficient. It must provide for the common defense.

Join us for discussion on what a hollow force means for U.S. security and how to prevent the U.S. military from going hollow.

More About the Speakers

Baker Spring
F.M. Kirby Research Fellow in National Security Policy, The Heritage Foundation 

Colonel Richard Dunn
U.S. Army, Retired 

Colonel Kerry Kachejian
U.S. Army, Retired

Hosted By

Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D. Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D.

Visiting Fellow, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy Read More