Adapting to war in the 21st Century: In Conversation with LTG Robert Caslen, Jr., Superintendent, USMA at West Point

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  • Why the U.S. has struggled, despite having the largest defense budget in the world, in combatting non-traditional threats from states and non-state actors with extremely limited resources.
  • How the world’s foremost military academy needs to and can adapt to deal new and ever-changing threats.
  • What it takes to fight against extremist ideologies, whether in Afghanistan, Pakistan or beyond.

<Listen to the 8 minute conversation on the Foreign Policy Association website>

 

Obama Visit to Israel Key Link in Redesign of U.S. Foreign Policy

It would be a mistake to view President Obama’s visit to Israel as just a fence-mending exercise. It is in fact part of a planned redesign of U.S. foreign policy that will change the face of American leadership around the world.

The redesign began with the appointment of John Kerry as Secretary of State and Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. Both complement Vice President Joe Biden, and the president’s new chief of staff, Dennis McDonough. All of them, I believe, share a keen understanding of what it means to live in a world of 7 billion interconnected people, in an age where the basic equation of geopolitics, that superpower = ultimately getting ones way, no longer holds.

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