by Barry R. McCaffrey
The Heritage Foundation
April 29, 2014
Heritage Lecture
America has 2.3 million men and women in its armed forces, deployed in 5,000 different places with an astonishing array of technology, training, leadership, and capability. More than 400,000 of our troops have been deployed three or more times, and the almost full-time commitment of America’s Reserve component was essential to prosecuting the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. In this inaugural Colonel James D. McGinley Lecture, General Barry McCaffrey, USA (Ret.), looks at the very real threats the United States faces in today’s uncertain world and what our armed forces—the most trusted institution in American society—must have to counter those threats. He discusses in detail the institutional context of national security, the specific threats that America faces, and where America is likely to be 20 years in the future.

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