Getting to Less — Exploring the Press for Less in America’s Defense Commitments

Some analysts argue that the United States’ post-Cold War foreign policy has not made the country any safer, has needlessly cost lives, and has been too expensive. They argue instead for a more restrained approach.

The first brief in this series explores seven intellectual strains that argue for lessened objectives, more efficient ways, or decreased resources for the U.S. defense enterprise. The following three briefs are illustrative defense strategies that reflect contemporary perspectives on the desired missions and capabilities of the U.S. military. These strategies are the: Innovation Superiority Strategy, Progressive Values Strategy, and Minimal Exposure Strategy.

The Getting to Less series is intended to inform active debates over the role of the United States in the world and over the role of the military in U.S. national security policy.


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