The Consequences of Shrinking America's Military
May 19, 2014
Voices on this program include:
- Gordon Adams, Foreign Policy Professor, American University's School of International Service
- US Air Force General Philip Breedlove, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe
- Eliot A. Cohen, Professor of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins University School of International Studies
- Christine Fox, Deputy Secretary of Defense
- Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
- Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic Budgetary Assessments
- Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia
- Arnold Punaro, Retired Major General in the United States Marine Corp
- Kori Schake, Research Fellow, The Hoover Institution
- Admiral James Stavridis, Former Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Stories in this episode
In the face of sequester budget cuts, the American military is shrinking significantly. Normally associated with peacetime adjustments, downsizing during wartime is unheard of. For some officials, such as Acting Deputy Secretary Christine Fox, this is cause for concern.
Since World War Two, Japan has been the centerpiece of American security in the Pacific. About 50,000 US troops and 85 facilities are based here…along with the US Seventh Fleet. But in recent decades, the Japanese have worried about the strength of that US commitment to the defense of Japan.President Obama’s recent Asia tour and his so-called “pivot” to Asia was meant to assuage Japan.