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Avoiding the Hollow Force: Maintaining a Trained and Ready Military

Recorded on March 27, 2006

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Our program will be the third 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 equipped for countless contingencies. Maintaining a trained and combat-ready force is therefore critical to America's preparedness for war, but does the military have adequate resources for this to be possible? Investing in equipment and force structure alone will not be enough - the armed forces must provide improved military education and training programs to sustain their ability to expand and adapt.

Please join us as we continue our Hollow Force series with a discussion of how avoid this problem.