The state of readiness of America’s armed forces has become a major issue in Washington. Spending cuts mean that the US is significantly decreasing its military in relation to the global tasks and responsibilities traditionally identified as ‘vital national interests’. Little is likely to change before the economy enters a major period of recovery, leaving the nation open to some very difficult strategic dilemmas.

DEFENCE spending cuts threaten to leave the United States unable to respond effectively to foreign crises or homeland missions.

The US flexed its military muscles in November 2013, dispatching a flight of strategic bombers over contested a...

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Dr. James Jay Carafano
Washington has a well-established pattern of taking a ‘peace dividend’, a significant reduction in defence spending and the size of the armed forces, in the wake of major conflicts
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