Changing DoD’s Acquisition Processes and Structures
By William McHenry & Mike Brown, RealClearDefense: “The Department of Defense (DoD) acquires cutting edge technology in the same manner Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara envisioned acquiring aircraft carriers during the Vietnam War; via a long and ordered linear process."
Dalibor Rohac | Bulwark
While forecasting autocratic breakdowns or gradual liberalization of dictatorial regimes is a fool’s errand, human yearning for freedom is real and irrepressible—especially once already tasted. If we are lucky, we may see its fruit in our lifetimes, in China and beyond.
Mackenzie Eaglen | AEIdeas
The recently released defense policy bill—which authorizes end-strength levels, delivers oversight, and provides funding guidance for the Defense Department—is a much-needed vote of confidence in the US military.
- Army end strength has been reduced to 452,000 troops, which is down from last year's overly ambitious 485,000 target, which the service missed in part by recruiting about 15,000 fewer troops than expected this past fiscal year;
- The Marines are also expected to shrink, though by a lot less—177,000 for the year ahead, compared to 178,500 authorized the year prior;
- The Air Force will shrink by about 4,000 airmen, falling to 325,344 compared to 329,220 this year;
- In contrast, the Navy has been tasked with adding about 7,000 sailors, raising last year's total from 346,920 to 354,000;
- And the Space Force will add about 200 Guardians, rising to about 8,600 troops in the newest branch of the armed forces.
By Michael Hochberg & Leonard Hochberg, “Every nation-state faces a fundamental choice: With whom will we engage in trade?"
News from the Middle East Forum
December 6, 2022
As crucial elections near, Ankara pins hope on financial support from “friendly” countries to ease its foreign currency shortfall and rein in inflation.
Protesters and some observers are skeptical the agreement will end the political crisis in the east African country, but the United States and Gulf states have praised the deal.
Michael Rubin | National Interest