For example, the greater the number and importance of our interests that are affected in a given situation - you name it - the more likely we are to use force, to do so unilaterally, to take great risk, to expend a lot of resources and to accept opportunity costs elsewhere in the world. And the opposite is true. I would submit that we saw this model played out pretty well in
And I'll tell you one thing: The
Chairman Dempsey introduced this concept into the Chairman's Risk Assessment, and we used it again during the Strategic Choices and Management Review to help us set priorities. It's doubly important that we do it now in such a tough fiscal environment, when the operational and investment decisions we need to make will be so very important.
This brings me to the steadily evolving threats to those prioritized ends, beginning with major nation states, who have watched the U.S. military's impressive capability, including and especially the
Then there are the highly insecure authoritarian states, such as
Then there's the threat from violent extremism, which has morphed from a centrally controlled apparatus within a supportive host nation to a group of highly diversified, feisty and independent yet weakened franchises living mostly in poorly governed or ungoverned spaces. They're growing operationally wiser over time and still threaten American citizens and interests across the globe.
There are other evolving threats to our varying interests, including transnational criminal organizations and hyper-empowered individuals. And even the threat of natural disasters is changing along with the Earth's climate.
When I consider the interests we must protect and the many threats to those interests, there's plenty in there for the
There are two imperatives within this need for constant examination of our ways that I see in our department.
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