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History of the Hollow Force

Recorded on January 6, 2006

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 again?

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 force phenomenon.