The Right Stuff

America in the 21st century will be targeting terrorism and fighting small wars in distant places. While we remain ready to win the war, we must be equally ready to win the peace.

Issue: Fall 2004

IN THE coming decade, the United States will face a very different and much more challenging security environment than the one it confronted during the Cold War. New challenges will be posed by non-state actors, growing instability in the Muslim world, political shifts in northeast Asia and the accelerated proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Meeting these challenges will require significant adjustments in the force posture and the modernization and investment priorities of the U.S. armed forces. In particular, more attention will need to be paid to managing challenges at the low end of the conflict spectrum and to post-conflict reconstruction.

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