The COVID-19 pandemic is among the most serious challenges confronting the globe since World War II. Its projected human and economic costs are devastating. While the armed forces of the United States will rise to this challenge as they have others, the Department of Defense will not stop planning for long-term threats to America’s security, from the rise of China and Russia’s revanchism in Eastern Europe, to simmering tensions on the Korean Peninsula and an enduring standoff with Iran. Key to this planning are the investments — budgetary and technological — the nation must make now to confront the threats of tomorrow.
On May 4, Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon engaged Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in a virtual conversation on U.S. defense policy, how the armed forces will ensure readiness amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and the investments needed to fight the wars of the future.
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Director of Research - Foreign Policy
Co-Director - Africa Security Initiative
The Sydney Stein, Jr. Chair
Philip H. Knight Chair in Defense and Strategy
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Many will find [military leaders' promises to adhere to a policy of non-interference] difficult to believe because ultimately, the reason that Khan lost power in April is that he had fallen out with the military. The outlook for Pakistan is political instability until the next election, whenever it is held.