Healing the Wounded Giant
Maintaining Military Preeminence while Cutting the Defense Budget
Publication Year: 2013
President Barack Obama survived a tenuous economy and a toxic political environment to win re-election in 2012, but the bitter partisan divide in Washington survived as well. So did the country's huge fiscal deficit. in this, the latest in a long line of Brookings Institution analyses of the defense budget, Michael O'Hanlon considers how best to balance national security and fiscal responsibility during a period of prolonged economic stress and political acrimony even as the world remains unsettled, from Afghanistan to Iran to Syria to the western Pacific region.
O'Hanlon explains why the large defense cuts that would result from prolonged sequestration or from deficit-reduction projects such as the Bowles-Simpson plan are too deep. But the bulk of his book represents an effort to look for greater savings than the Obama administration's 2012 proposals would allow.
Praise for the work of Michael O'Hanlon
The Opportunity: "A practical and hard-headed analysis of how another Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty might be achieved" Financial Times The Science of War: "Timely, thoughtful, and full of insight. A signal contribution to the field." General David S. Petraeus, U.S. Army
A Skeptic's Case for Nuclear Disarmament: "O'Hanlon expertly unravels the myriad threads of the often abstruse disputes about nuclear weapons and disarmament." New York Times Book Review
Published by: Brookings Institution Press
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Table of Contents
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...lion over ten years, relative to the plan that existed before thatroughly another $500 billion from defense spending levels over the next2012, now incorporates the assumed cuts from the first round of theBudget Control Act?the $350 billion noted above. It does not includecuts from sequestration. The current administration plan will scale...
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The author wishes to thank Ted Piccone, Peter Singer, John Barnett, and Ian Livingston for their assistance in the writing and editing of this book. Thanks too for additional inspiration and guidance from Martin Indyk, Ken Lieberthal, Ken Pollack, and Robert Kagan. ...
American Military Strategy and Grand Strategy
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...allow it to stay out of other nations? conflicts, the United Stateschose to stay active internationally after World War II. It devel-option?for the United States and for its security partners as well.Indeed, in playing its worldwide military role, the United States hasmore than sixty formal allies or other close security partners with...
Army and Marine Corps Force Structure
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Today?s U.S. Army is slightly larger than half a million soldiersground forces are now headed downward to active-duty strengths thatwill leave them larger, but only slightly, than their 1990s levels.The American military today is the second largest in the world, afterChina?s. But it is only modestly larger than those of North Korea, India,...
Air Force and Navy Force Structure
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Yet such technological innovations are occurring at a time when anyshifts in budgetary resources toward the Air Force and Navy are mod-est at best. For example, the U.S. Navy is currently maintaining arobust global presence with only about 286 major warships. That is aformidable force of generally high-technology and large vessels, includ-...
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...behind. It is also true that the Pentagon has close to a trillionsystems in the years ahead, completing development and production ofYet these acquisition costs represent less than 40 percent of the$550 billion or so in core defense spending. As such, we have to avoidthe common mistake of thinking that the best and easiest way to cut the...
Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense, and Intelligence
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...tions. The sums are not as large as they used to be, in the for-their full complement of warheads, if that was considered truly neces-sary, to sustain numerical parity with Russia. For those who feel thatany nuclear cuts must be at least partially reversible, moreover, the U.S.bomber fleet provides a hedge. Today most of it is focused on conven-...
Military Compensation and Pentagon Reforms
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Department of Defense (DoD) often is difficult in a classic eco-lost, even if they are less important ones.1 In other words, thepainless cuts. In that spirit, I begin below with an area of obvi-ously considerable political sensitivity: military compensation. The country also has the best military in history?and that is not an...
Conclusion—and the Implications of Prolonged Sequestration or the Equivalent
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...rity risk. There is no logic to doing so if entitlement policy, taxwhile the Pentagon is offered up as sacrificial lamb (along withthey may cost more than expected. As such, some additional cuts inforces and weapons may be needed simply to comply with budgetarysavings envisioned in the first tranche of the 2011 Budget Control Act...
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Publication Year: 2013