- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Dempsey’s assessment of the amount and kinds of risk the United States is taking by cutting its defense budget is an extremely good statement of the conventional wisdom. And I mean that in a good way — I don’t see a lot to with which to disagree in it.
The key quote: “My greatest concern is that we will not innovate quickly enough or deeply enough to be prepared for the future, for the world we will face 2 decades from now.” That should be tattooed on the foreheads of our four-star generals. Maybe in reverse, so they ponder it every morning as they shave.