Assessing U.S. national interests and America’s ability to defend those interests is one of the foremost responsibilities of the federal government.
The Heritage Foundation’s annual Index of U.S. Military Strength has become a key resource for policymakers. It contains the latest assessments of global threats, operating environments, and the status of the U.S. military.
This Thursday, Heritage released the 2018 Index of U.S. Military Strength. We hosted a special discussion from notable national security experts on the components critical to the defense of our nation.
James Jay Carafano, leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges and Vice President of Heritage’s Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, worked closely in the compilation and completion of this year’s Index. He says:
“The publication of the 2018 index could not be more important or timely. President Trump is committed to a peace through strength strategy but Congress has yet to act to provide the resources needed. The index will be a wake-up call on how vital it is to get started with efficiently and smartly rebuilding American military prowess.”
The keynote address was given by The Honorable Mac Thornberry (R-TX), the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
The Index and discussion explore a comprehensive list of topics- including the characteristics and nature of major war-fighting domains: land, sea, air, space, cyber and joint, providing insights of value to professionals and amateurs alike in understanding the modern nature of conflict in these domains.
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