The future of U.S. defense strategy: A conversation with General Paul J. Selva
As 10th vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Paul Selva is the nation’s second highest ranking military officer. During his distinguished tenure, Selva has played a central role in redirecting the U.S. government’s attention to the accelerating pace of China’s technological modernization, warning that without a comprehensive response, China could outpace the U.S. military’s edge in key warfighting areas. He has also warned that Russia’s efforts to offset NATO’s advantages in Eastern Europe could threaten the alliance’s ability to deter future aggression by Moscow.
On June 28, Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, joined General Selva for a discussion on the national security landscape facing America, the future of military technology, and the intensifying competition between the United States and its great power competitors.
Questions from the audience followed their conversation.
General Paul J. Selva
Vice Chairman - Joint Chiefs of Staff
Michael E. O’Hanlon
Director of Research - Foreign Policy
Director - Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology
Co-Director - Africa Security Initiative
Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology
Philip H. Knight Chair in Defense and Strategy
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