Major Security Challenges for the Next President
Thursday, September 29, 2016 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
The U.S. 2016 election race has been both turbulent and unusual. Clearly, national security is a major issue for many Americans.
Some observers believe that partisan attacks coupled with the direct participation of recently retired senior military officers in support of both candidates may have damaged the basis of civil-military relations. A recently retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has urged senior retired officers to stay out of the political fray. Is this a valid concern? Furthermore, what will be the major national security challenges for the next president of the United States in a complex and challenging world order?
Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Colonel Jeffrey McCausland, US Army (retd.) will address civil-military relations issues, including:
(1) The role of retired military officers in politics;
(2) The need to revisit the authorization for military force, last taken up by the Congress in 2001, but under which the United States is now engaged in military action in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia;
(3) The core question of economics, since both major party candidates have pledged to increase the defense budget. How may this be achieved or justified, given American deployments globally and worldwide alliance responsibilities, and since significant domestic programs, such as infrastructure and education will vie for presidential attention?
Col. Jeffrey D. McCausland (retd.) is a Carnegie Council senior fellow and founder and CEO of Diamond6 Leadership and Strategy, LLC . He will be in conversation with Carnegie Council Senior Fellow David Speedie, director of the Council's U.S. Global Engagement Program.
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