In Support of a U.S. Defense Department

This is a guest contribution from H.A. The author is using a pseudonym for professional reasons.

Most Americans probably assume (if they consider it at all) that the hundreds of billions of dollars the Department of Defense spends each year goes toward the defense of the United States. To some extent, that’s true. Tellingly, however, the Obama administration’s new defense strategy is entitled “Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership.” That’s because the Pentagon’s focus is not on defending the United States but on defending other countries. It’s a strategy based on the idea that only U.S. deterrence, achieved through military presence, . . .
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Some Thoughts on the New Defense Strategy

It’s hard to say a lot about the new strategic guidance released by the Pentagon on Thursday since the document (pdf), titled “Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense,” doesn’t say all that much.  A more detailed assessment may be possible when the defense budget is released in February.  It’s noteworthy that Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta admitted that the new defense plan did not factor in the $500 billion is cuts over the next decade mandated by the supercommittee’s failure to reach a deal late last year.  According to Panetta, if a compromise isn’t reached and . . .
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Panetta for the Defense

After a significant waiting period, Obama has named Robert Gates’ replacement at the Pentagon.  Some had speculated—myself included—that Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michelle Flournoy would receive a promotion to the top job, but in recent weeks CIA director Leon Panetta became the leading candidate.  As expected, the news broke yesterday that Panetta would be named to the top defense post and there has certainly been no dearth of commentary about the move in the past 24 hours since the announcement was made.

Panetta—who will be replaced as DCI by General David Petraeus—is a seasoned Washington player.  He . . .
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