Given all of the resources put into warmaking, why does the U.S. have such a poor track record at winning wars? Critics attribute this to many things — bad foreign policy, weak strategy, and an over-reliance on “future combat” systems and other programs geared towards pleasing defense industry interests and Pentagon technocrats. Beyond that, the military has an inflexible culture that rewards loyalty over out of the box thinking, leading often to bad decisions and the inability to recalibrate when things go wrong.
Join Defense Priorities fellow Ret. Col. Danny Davis, Center for Defense Information director Mandy Smithberger, and Quincy Institute’s Mark Perry as we discuss what immediate and longer term steps can be taken to turn things around as the US nears its 20th year in Afghanistan, and all eyes are on China as the next “military challenge.” Kelley Vlahos of the Quincy Institute will moderate.
The panel will take place on Dec. 9 from 2-3 pm ET.