What to Expect When You're Expecting a National Defense Strategy

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What to Expect When You're Expecting a National Defense Strategy

Sep 28th, 2021 1 min read

Commentary By

Thomas Spoehr @TomSpoehr

Director, Center for National Defense

Bradley Bowman

Senior Director, Center on Military and Political Power, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Bryan Clark

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Mackenzie Eaglen

Senior Research Fellow

Soldiers position a Stryker vehicle during Rifle Ready 2, an emergency deployment readiness exercise, at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland, July 29, 2021. Spc. Osvaldo Fuentes / U.S. Army

In July, Rear Adm. Mike Studeman, director of intelligence for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, warned that “it’s only a matter of time” until China resorts to military force and suggested that U.S. forces are not ready for that “very bad day.” Meanwhile, Russia continues to maneuver its forces aggressively on NATO’s eastern flank, Iran inches toward a nuclear weapons capability, North Korea builds its missile arsenal, and the Taliban has taken control of Afghanistan.

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