Maintaining Quality in the Force: A Briefing by General George W. Casey, Jr.
On December 4, the Brookings Institution hosted General George William Casey, Jr., Chief of Staff of the United States Army, for a discussion of the challenges facing the U.S. Army beyond Iraq into the twenty-first century. General Casey offered his vision for maintaining excellence in the Army through recruiting, training and retention during and beyond the service’s longest deployment since the Vietnam War.
General Casey was commissioned in 1970 and has served in operational assignments in Germany, Italy, Egypt, Southwest Asia and the United States. He has commanded at every level from platoon to division.
Brookings President Strobe Talbott provided introductory remarks and Peter W. Singer, senior fellow and director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative, moderated the discussion.
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[John Bolton’s statement that the North Koreans “have not lived up to the commitments” made in Singapore] totally cuts Secretary of State Pompeo and the special representative, Steve Biegun, at the knees. What is the incentive for North Korea to actually talk about the meat-and-potatoes of denuclearization with the special representative and with the secretary of state if the national security adviser has said nothing is happening so we have to go straight to the top?