In resolution to this question, thirteen "non-partisan Pentagon insiders, retired army officials, and safety experts" lay out an array of hard-hitting and well-documented fees opposed to our present safeguard institution. They display that the highly dear and excessively complicated guns embraced through the Pentagon and Congress as very important for our nationwide security are slightly sufficient for conducting outdated twentieth century different types of war. they're woefully insufficient for combating a twenty first century "fourth new release" battle, as we have realized so painfully in Iraq and Afghanistan. at the least as anxious is the of the united states protection funds. through the years, coverage makers of all political stripes have created budgets that experience made our forces smaller, much less good outfitted, and not more able to fight—all at dramatically expanding cost.
Fortunately, the book's authors supply "real-world" recommendations to the entire difficulties they determine. even as, even if, they continue to be pessimistic concerning the customers for actual change—arguing that during a procedure that measures advantage by way of the amount of cash spent, the reform proposals elaborated during this ebook tend to meet severe resistance. As Winslow Wheeler feedback, "The alterations require a president with an iron will who would require genuine, now not beauty, reforms of a approach made up our minds to and expert at countering them. it's going to additionally require a president who will stick to the method for years, constantly making judgements that may eventually opposite the current disastrous path U.S. nationwide defense is now on. "
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