America's Conventional Military Strength Second to None
Clip: Benjamin Friedman argues foreign belligerents such as Iran and North Korea and even our old adversary Russia are no match for the U.S. Armed Forces and suggests that the nation could benefit from a reduction in costly conventional forces.
If US Power Wanes Beware of History Repeating Itself
Clip: Andrew Krepinevich cites the history of the British Empire as reason to maintain a strong military. Though "Pax Britannica" was a relatively peaceful period, once British power waned the world plunged into two consecutive and deadly wars.
It's About Reducing the Debt Not the Defense Spending
Clip: Hoover Institution research fellow Kori Schake warns the gift to our enemies isn't a smaller military; it's out-of-control government spending. She adds there is an "enormous" margin for error when considering defense cuts.
Reducing Defense Spending Would Increase Global Threats
Clip: Andrew Krepinevich argues that any reductions to American defense spending would increase the risk of global threats. According to Krepinevich the United States would lose the capability to counteract cyber and technological attacks.
Pentagon Offers the Best Bang for the Taxpayer's Buck
Clip: Tom Donnelly author and security policy analyst explains that as a government function the Department of Defense is more efficient and offers a better value proposition than any other agency.
Trim Military Surpluses to Reinforce US Weaknesses
Clip: Kori Schake asserts that trimming military surpluses won't embolden our enemies. According to Schake enemies will take the fight to our greatest weaknesses and those are the areas were attention should be paid.