In the wake of his reelection, President Obama’s first pledge was to focus on “the economy and jobs and moving the country forward.” CSBA President Dr. Andrew Krepinevich believes that America's economic recovery and long-term growth require secure access to three key regions--the Western Pacific, Persian Gulf, and Europe--and to the global commons--space, cyberspace, and the undersea. However, save for Europe, U.S. access to these regions and domains is being increasingly challenged, writes Krepinevich in Strategy in a Time of Austerity: Why the Pentagon Should Focus on Assuring Access, published in the November/December 2012 issue of Foreign Affairs.
In the past few months a number of high profile developments have pushed the issue of cyber security into the spotlight. Revelations regarding the Stuxnet program, a cyber weapon that targeted Iranian uranium enrichment centrifuges, emerged in early June, along with reports regarding Flame, an alleged effort to extract data from the computers of Iranian nuclear scientists. The following month, President Obama penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal describing critical U.S. infrastructure as vulnerable to cyber attack. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta went further in warning that “The next Pearl Harbor we confront could very well be a cyber attack that cripples our power systems, our [electric] grid, our security systems, our financial systems, our governmental systems.”
Mr. Ford’s appointment was approved by unanimous consent at the organization’s board meeting in December 2011. Mr. Ford succeeds the Honorable Dave McCurdy, who will continue to serve as a director on the board.
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments is pleased to release The Maturing Revolution in Military Affairs. The report, authored by Center Senior Fellow Barry Watts, considers the maturation of the precision-strike regime and five of the most consequential fundamental changes in the conduct of war by 2040-2050.
Ambassador Eric S. Edelman, Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, has been named a Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour for special contributions to the advancement of the defense relationship between France and the United States during his career in the U.S. Foreign Service and as the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. The order is the highest decoration in France and the first order of merit established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802.
Unveiling his decisions yesterday, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates set new priorities for the US military in an age of austerity. His program and budget decisions will help close the strategy-funding gap and will better prepare the US military to face anti-access and other military challenges on the horizon. While the budget cuts Gates proposed are significant, they are judicious and signal his determination to avoid hollowing either the force or its modernization accounts.