A hundred years ago, Austria started shelling Serbia to begin WWI. Today, Russia is shelling Ukraine. The West today is under siege, even if the battlefields seem far away. Those who seek destruction never cease until they win or are stopped, but the West wants to avoid conflict by hoping that it can talk away problems and threats.
The tragic shootdown of the Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine proved that the world cannot take freedom of the skies for granted. This new face of war will require an American military transformed to meet new threats. Much of that burden will fall on the Air Force.
This chartbook from the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) examines how spending on the all-volunteer force has changed over time. With near-sequestration levels of defense spending likely for the foreseeable future, policymakers face tough budgetary and strategic choices regarding military personnel compensation, force structure, and readiness.
In an environment where almost every senior military leader is blue in the face warning of the significant risk to our security posed by sequestration's budget caps it seems entirely appropriate to use the OCO to mitigate that risk.
Since the Cold War's end, Britain has attempted to adapt to a more complex set of security problems while simultaneously cutting force structure. As a result, the United Kingdom's strategic field of vision has shrunk: it has increasingly adopted a preference for military operations that are far away, fairly small, or relatively brief.
Please join AEI as the chief actuary for Medicare summarizes the report’s results, followed by a panel discussion of what those spending trends are likely to mean for seniors, taxpayers, the health industry, and federal policy.
Please join us as four of Washington’s most distinguished political observers will revisit the Watergate hearings and discuss reforms that followed.