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The US armed forces stand at a critical crossroads. The military is busier than ever, and it must simultaneously meet expanded current needs while preparing for the future. The next president will make choices about the American military that will define American hard power for much of the 21st century.
To get the most out of the NSC system and its staff, the next president will have to appoint Cabinet officers he or she trusts, empower them to implement his or her agenda, and provide leadership inside the White House to ensure the best advice possible reaches the head of the table inside the Situation Room. […]
As the Republican Congress moves forward on a defense policy bill that seeks to increase military spending using an “off the books” solution, the president has picked up momentum in his veto threat of this approach. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi already announced that she will actively whip against the legislation this week as the bill hits the House floor.