Realizing "Peace Through Strength"
December 7, 2016
During this presidential transition, one word is practically tripping off the tongues of defense watchers: “rebuild.” President-elect Trump campaigned to make America’s military “so big, so powerful, so strong.” Yet few seem to be stopping to ask: Rebuild for what? Moreover, do we seek to “re” build or to build anew, in ways different than the past? Confusion over the president-elect’s foreign policy goals and how our defense toolkit will be used to help secure them hampers talk of a rebuild. The transition team and incoming administration should move quickly in three areas to explain and enable any such rebuild: making sound presidential appointments in defense, more fully articulating the president’s goals and the military’s role therein, and securing a budget deal for defense.
One word is practically tripping off the tongues of defense watchers: “rebuild.”… Yet few seem to be stopping to ask: Rebuild for what?