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.

Watch a video recording of the event here >>

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.

What do you think is the biggest challenge our military strength faces today?

Comments (11)

Ragnar Liljequist - October 8, 2017

Washington corruption and dishonesty will continue until we have term limits in Congress. Term limits will correct many problems; even our military strength!

Angel L. Riguero Sr. - October 8, 2017

Well, first than all the great problem was the eight tragic years of the Obama’s
legacy……..and second the Republican party and the so-called Republicans like McCain, Graham, Mitchell and some
other DemoRats lovers that work against
our President.

Caroline Woodis - October 8, 2017

Our military men and women face being sent out to do the job assigned to without adequate supplies, resources to keep them safe as they try to do the best job possible. They need and deserve more respect, protection and thanks than they ever get. And now they have lost their chaplains to be able to adequately meet their needs when facing life or death situations for months on end without the support they need. Shameful.

Albert (Alberto) Castro Jr - October 8, 2017

I think our military’s biggest challenges today is proper funding and weapons systems up grades.

Mrs. Phyllis Eix - October 8, 2017

I believe in “Peace through Strength”, and want to see our military capabilities strengthened to war time levels, after more than a decade of shrinking our forces.

LaVonne Howard - October 8, 2017

The biggest challenge to our military that I see is the damage done by Obama.
He rewrote the manuals for the military and our local police taking away their religious freedom, turning our local police into a military unit with military equipment.
He cut our military size and equipment to handicap our capacity to maintain our sovernty.

Brenda Strauch - October 8, 2017

Democrats and RINOS and earmarks are the biggest problem. Our military is under-manned, under-supplied, under-equipped, under-financed and overpolitically-correct! Its budget is constantly swollen with stuff that does nothing to enhance the security of our nation. Warriors cannot do their jobs on sensitivity training or when no one has their backs. Let Chaplains do their jobs also.

Gregory Nielsen - October 8, 2017

Funding and training/retraining has got to be a major prioity for strengthening our military.
A close second has to be the curtailment of wasteful spending…buy hasn’t that always been a challenge?

Katherine - October 8, 2017

A big problem is those in Congress who do not believe in a strong military. They want to invest the funds elsewhere.
THINK Pearl Harbor.
The Congress neglected to do what was necessary to defend our country.
Read A Matter of Honor by Anthony Summers & Robbyn Swan – General Kimmel asked repeatedly for reinforcements to prevent an attack. After the attack he was blamed for the event & his career destroyed. It was Washington DC, Congress who was at fault.

Domingo - October 8, 2017

The Pentagon needs to use the money allotted to the military responsibly.
Cyber warfare I think is a major challenge. I haven’t read why two of our warships were involved in collisions not too long ago.
I think also that politics is a problem for our military. There are some people that are war hawks and keep our forces engaged in conflicts where they should not be.

Kathleen - October 9, 2017

I can’t begin to know the practical needs of our military or what they need to defend our country. It would seem from the accidents and loss of life in the Navy they are in grave need of resources. We should listen to our military leaders and provide the resources needed to protect us. The military needs our respect, gratitude and prayers. Shame on all of us for the loss of chaplains!

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