This Thursday, General Thomas Spoehr, retired Army lieutenant general and director of Heritage’s Center for National Defense, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on his recommendations for a future National Defense Strategy.
Spoehr served in the Army for more than 36 years and attained the rank of lieutenant general before retiring.
In October, he published a report titled “Rules For Getting Defense Strategy Right” in War on the Rocks, a foreign policy magazine.
In that report, he writes:
“A real defense strategy would provide clear priorities, identify America’s competitive advantages and how to capitalize on them, and deal with the world — and the enemies it offers — as it is. The need for a new NDS could not be more acute, but previous efforts have had decidedly mixed results. Will this one succeed where others have failed? We are about to find out.”
- The NDS should acknowledge the true state of the military as it relates to the broad requirements of protecting our national interests.
- A defense strategy that prioritizes smart choices over complete inclusiveness should be implemented.
- All strategies must be directive, not just descriptive.
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