While listening to Trump’s address last night my overall impression was favorable, with a couple of concerning objections (more on that in a later post). But since there’s a lot of talk in the air about increasing defense spending, and expanding the war on ISIS and related groups, this quote in Foreign Policy magazine is well worth pondering:
As a soldier, I welcome additional funds for training, personnel, and equipment.
But as a citizen I have concerns. Money will not fix what ails our military. ((emphasis added)) We don’t have a supply problem, we have a demand problem created by poor strategy. We have a military doing missions often beyond its purview, acting as the lead government agency in areas it is not qualified to do so, bearing impossible expectations in the process. As military professionals, we fail if we don’t achieve national goals (end states); the corollary to this is simple, we must demand clear and achievable goals. Our lack of both skews defense decisions.
The entire piece is deserving of your time and attention.