American Military Power in the 21st Century

Thomas Ricks, Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security. Introduced by .

The balance between available resources and national security priorities has never been more delicate. As political and military leadership grapple with difficult fiscal choices, it is clear that America’s armed forces will be smaller and leaner, while the need to rebalance and reform them for 21st century challenges is great. After more than a decade of war, what historic lessons should be considered as the Department of Defense reorients our priorities for the coming decades? How should the next generation of military leadership evolve to meet the global demands of U.S. power overseas?

Speaker Bio


Read Thomas Ricks’ blog, “The Best Defense,” Foreign Policy

Book review by Neil Sheehan, “The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today by Thomas E. Ricks,” The Washington Post, 24 October 2012

Interview with Thomas Ricks, “Should ‘The Generals’ Get Fired More Often?” Morning Edition, National Public Radio, 29 October 2012

James Jay Carafano, “Generals on the Firing Line,” The National Interest, 30 October, 2012

Thomas Ricks, “Questioning the Brass,” New York Times, 11 November 2012

Additional Information

His latest book, The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.