It’s Time the U.S. Military Reinvented Itself to Operate in the Information Age

Is the U.S. military still too much of an industrial-era relic to meet the challenges of the moment and adapt to a new world order?


David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and Tom Ricks dissect and evaluate the way the military functions in the face of recent geopolitical change. And, as they discuss why the military has had such problems adapting to a technological age, the panel raises some vital questions: How effective can the U.S. military be, 20 to 30 years down the road, when there is little incentive to work toward forward-thinking progress? And is it even possible to upgrade the current system without the urgency of a catastrophe?

This week’s episode is a continuation of The E.R. panel’s discussion that wrestled with the controversial idea that the U.S. military has perhaps lost the infrastructure necessary for winning — and ending — wars.

Rosa Brooks is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, and teaches international law, national security, and constitutional law at Georgetown University. Follow her on Twitter: @brooks_rosa.

Kori Schake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where she focuses on military history and a former foreign-policy advisor to Sen. John McCain. Follow her on Twitter: @KoriSchake.

Tom Ricks is a senior advisor at the New America Foundation. Follow him on Twitter: @tomricks1.

David Rothkopf is CEO and editor of the FP Group. Follow him on Twitter: @djrothkopf.

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