Making Military Force Structure Choices in an Uncertain World: An Analyst's Perspective

by Glenn Buchan

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In an uncertain world, the United States faces difficult decisions regarding the structure of its military forces. Critical issues to be decided include the future of manned fighter aircraft, the composition and nature of the army of the future, which weapons systems and technological approaches to pursue, and others. Making these difficult choices offers the United States a historic opportunity to rethink its basic approach to national security and how it structures its military forces. This paper attempts to analyze these difficult decisions and focus on some of the potential difficulties that are likely to arise.

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