With the Obama administration marking its first full year in office, the president and the U.S. military face a new year of challenges and conflicts. From the troop increase in Afghanistan to the uptick in violence in Iraq to the relief mission in Haiti, the U.S. Army enters 2010 with an already robust agenda.
On January 28, the 21st Century Defense Initiative at Brookings hosted General George Casey, chief of staff of the U.S. Army and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for a discussion of the state of the U.S. Army and the near-term challenges it faces in 2010. Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon, director of research for Foreign Policy at Brookings, introduced the discussion and provided a brief overview of the new book, Toughing It Out in Afghanistan (Brookings Press, 2010), which he co-authored with Hassina Sherjan.
After the program, General Casey took audience questions.