Why U.S. Strategy Must Adapt to Technological Change

A row of F18 fighter jets on the deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is prepared for patrols off the disputed South China Sea, March 3, 2017 (AP photo by Bullit Marquez).
A row of F18 fighter jets on the deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is prepared for patrols off the disputed South China Sea, March 3, 2017 (AP photo by Bullit Marquez).

The United States shapes, monitors and reacts to events around the world every day—developments that require minor, and sometimes major, military and foreign policy actions to implement the established U.S. strategy. But some developments call for more than just decisions to implement the current strategy. They require an adjustment to a new strategy. The current trajectory of military-technological change is one such development making a strategic adjustment necessary. Proponents of all of the major strategic alternatives for the United States agree that events that happen elsewhere can affect our security and prosperity at home. The key question they disagree on […]

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