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Statement before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on The Origins and Enduring Value of the Transatlantic Alliance
Dr. Hal Brands testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and Environment in a hearing on "The Origins and Enduring Value of the Transatlantic Alliance" on Tuesday, 26 March 2019.
The U.S. European Deterrence Initiative and other efforts have done much to strengthen collective deterrence and defense, but serious challenges remain, especially where the potential for conflict is most acute and the NATO Alliance is most vulnerable: the Baltic region.
CSBA’s mission is to develop innovative, resource-informed defense concepts, promote public debate, and spur action to advance U.S. and allied interests. Our vision is to set the terms of debate for the future of national defense and drive change in concept development, force structure, and resources to prepare the US and its allies to compete and win in an era characterized by great power competition and conflict.
The United States has always been a maritime nation. Since its founding, Americans have taken to the sea for trade, to harvest the resources in America’s waters and seabed, and to defend or advance the country’s interests. A robust commercial maritime industry is essential to support these efforts, which enhance America’s prosperity and security.
Synthetic training can play a critical role in preserving the U.S. military’s warfighting edge in an information-saturated, multi-domain combat environment.
It is far from smooth sailing for the European Deterrence Initiative (EDI) as it confronts risks to the way in which it is funded. This brief seeks to explain why the EDI was started, what it funds, and the budgetary challenges it faces to its implementation and sustainment.