Dr. Lawrence Korb on Military Reform and Innovation

Dr. Lawrence Korb on Military Reform and Innovation

Q&A with Larry Korb

Could you explain the challenges that the US military faces in regards to reset and expansion in the wake of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Dr. Lawrence Korb, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a senior advisor to the Center for Defense Information, joined us for a discussion on military reform and innovation to face 21st century threats. Dr. Korb argues that the focus on conventional confrontations, where the US military dominates, also leaves it less prepared to cope with irregular threats that are more common in the post-9/11 world. Mr. Friedman argues that the precautionary principle dominates the national security establishment, which leads to wasteful spending on threats that are unlikely to materialize. Should US military strategy focus on counterinsurgency or on potential future conflicts with rising powers? What military reforms and innovation are needed to address the future strategic environment?