25 juillet 2018 | International, Aérospatial, Naval, Terrestre, C4ISR

Rebuilding America’s Military: Thinking About the Future

Dakota Wood


America’s military—engaged beyond capacity and in need of rebuilding—is at a crucial juncture. Its current “big-leap” approach to preparing for future conflict carries great risk in searching for revolutionary capabilities through force-wide commitments to major single-solution programs. The Heritage Foundation’s Rebuilding America’s Military Project (RAMP) recommends that the U.S. military instead adopt an iterative, experimentation-heavy approach that can achieve revolutionary outcomes at less risk through evolutionary improvements that build on each other until transformative tipping points are reached. Critical to this is a military culture that is immersed in the study of war and a force of sufficient capacity to prepare for the future while also handling current operational commitments.


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    7 novembre 2019 | International, Aérospatial, Naval, Terrestre, C4ISR, Sécurité

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