Given changes in the global, technology, and information environments, competition for maritime security, a high quality workforce, improved acquisition processes, and resourcing stability continues to intensify. And while readiness is of utmost concern at the moment, hopes for a more capable fleet remain, as does the need to modernize.
On April 27, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings hosted an event focused on the coming priorities for the U.S. Navy. Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations, opened with remarks before turning to a discussion with Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon.
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If Trump and his group hoped that this kind of tough talk would make the North Koreans nervous, and make them come back with their tail between their legs — no, that’s just not the way they work. This is a stupid move. By pushing North Korea away, in such an in-your-face way, he’s pushing them to work separately with the South Koreans and the Chinese.
Timing the pull-out to the exact moment North Korea was publicly doing Trump a favor looked like an intentional burn. This was a slap in the face against Kim [Jong-un].