Did the Obama administration have a grand strategy? Yes, if one defines grand strategy realistically. Was it effective? That record was more ambiguous, revealing fundamental dilemmas of contemporary U.S. grand strategy that are unlikely to disappear anytime soon.
Ambassador Eric Edelman participated in the Passing The Baton: Prioritizing National Defense In The Next Administration During The Transition at the 2016 Reagan National Defense Forum
Ambassador Eric Edelman interviewed Senator Ben Sasse at the FPI’s day-long forum on foreign policy and national security. Senator Sasse talked about U.S. engagement in the world and foreign policy priorities for the 115th Congress. He also expressed his views on American exceptionalism and the importance of democratic ideals.
Dr. Thomas Mahnken moderates a Defense Innovation Panel during FPI’s day-long forum addressing a range of national security and foreign policy issues. This portion included a panel discussion with national security experts on defense innovation and cybersecurity challenges.
“Amphibious operations have been an element of naval warfare since ships first went to sea. For more than 2,000 years, naval forces have exploited coastal waters as maneuver space to attack their enemies' weak points, reinforce their own positions, and support littoral sea control. Since World War II, America has maintained the largest and most ready amphibious fleet in the world with an average of more than ten ships and 6,000 Marines on deployment every day since World War II. These forces have conducted more than 100 amphibious operations to cope with disasters, evacuate civilians, destroy coastal targets, and help U.S. allies and partners respond to crises.”
The Growing Competition in the Ocean of Space: Classic Maritime Strategy Applied to the Final Frontier
The United States needs a new lexicon that explains the space environment in clear terms. Whether Americans like it or not, space has morphed from our aspirational “final frontier” to an area defined by growing international competition that could flash into a hot war.