Technology, innovation, concepts, and tactics are key to the future of U.S. defense. All deliver numerous challenges as well as opportunities. In some senses, new ways of waging war have leveled parts of the playing field that have historically been dominated by the United States. Intertwined with these opportunities and challenges, the “Third Offset” strategy, officially launched with this year’s budget request, attempts to identify asymmetries between U.S. forces and potential adversaries. Across the spectrum, it is critical to remember that no single concept or technology is enough on its own, as it must exist within a large and complex system.
On December 5, the Brookings Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence hosted an event discussing the future of U.S. defense with Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work. Secretary Work partook in a conversation with Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon before turning over to a panel to further discuss the issues. Panelists included Alan Easterling of Northrop Grumman and Kelly Marchese of Deloitte Consulting LLP. Michael O’Hanlon moderated the discussion.
Corporate Director, Strategic Development, Northrop Grumman
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[On the possibility of ongoing secret negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea] I am always wondering if my chain is being yanked. It could also mean Kim is trying to undermine Moon, who positions himself as a broker between the U.S. and North Korea. These two potential explanations are not mutually exclusive.