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Reasonable Defense: A Sustainable Approach to Securing the Nation

November 14, 2012 | Report

By Carl Conetta

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Strategic competition has changed and so must we. Today the United States faces an unparalleled strategic challenge – one posed by the process of globalization and the emergent reality of a multipolar world.

The task America faces is the preservation of national strength in the context of a world economy that is rapidly evolving, increasingly competitive, and distinctly unstable.  How well the nation manages this task will affect all facets of American power for decades to come.

The financial meltdown of 2007-2008 and the Great Recession that followed have called into question the priorities that have shaped our foreign and domestic policy for the past decade and more.  These events have prompted a process of reflection and adjustment, including a reappraisal of our defense requirements and investments.  In all areas of national policy, new realities compel us to adopt a longer view, set clearer priorities, seek new efficiencies, and attend more closely to the ratio of costs, risks, and benefits as we allocate limited resources.

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