There’s an old saying: Generals always fight the last war, and that’s why they often lose the next one.
When it comes to armed conflict, figuring out the future is the key to victory. But it’s always a guessing game. Guessing where the new political hotspots will be. Guessing the best way to put out the fires. Guessing what the next generation of weapons will be or should be. Right now, the Pentagon is deep deep into a debate about the future of military defense.
Did we say debate? From the sound of things it may be all out war. Some very smart people thinking about keeping America safe cannot agree on how it should be done. Only that it will cost billions, and billions, and billions.
(Hosted by John Donvan)
Thomas Ricks, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter
Stephen P. Rosen, The Caneb Professor of National Security and Military Affairs at Harvard
and Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution