The Marshall Maxim

10 April 2019

“I’d rather have decent answers to the right question than great answers to irrelevant questions.” This pithy precept appears at the top of page 1 of The Last Warrior, an intellectual history of Andrew Marshall, the furtive, 42-year director of… 
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The Next Manhattan Project

31 January 2019

What are operational concepts and is there a spin-on to the defense establishment from the commercial sphere that can infuse defense strategy with innovative answers to that question? Last November, I wrote about the report of the National Defense Strategy Commission…. 
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Aviation Week publishes “The Trillion Dollar Defense Strategy”, a commentary by Steve Grundman about the report of the National Defense Strategy Commission

30 November 2018

Writing in the Up Front column of Aviation Week & Space Technology, Steve Grundman renders a critical assessment of the report to Congress of the National Defense Strategy Commission, concluding that “if strategy is the stuff of making choices about… 
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The Trillion Dollar Defense Strategy

30 November 2018

Wedged into the week between the mid-term elections and Thanksgiving, publication on November 13th of “Providing for the Common Defense,” the report to Congress of the National Defense Strategy Commission, has drawn too little attention. In it, the dozen, sober-minded… 
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Peak Defense

12 October 2018

A convergence of indicators suggests the recently passed Defense Appropriations Act will mark a peak for US defense spending. Even the Administration’s own outyear defense-spending projections grow at an annual rate of only 2 percent, which is just enough to… 
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NATO’s 2 Percent Guideline: What About the United States?

15 August 2018

At the NATO summit four years ago, the heads of state and government gathered in Wales recommitted themselves to increasing defense spending in real terms and to achieving the NATO guideline to spend a minimum of 2 percent of their… 
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Trump’s Unremarkable Defense Playbook

12 January 2018

In a commentary published in Aviation Week on Inauguration Day, I described “signposts and metrics” of force posture, defense spending, and acquisition management that I would be using to gauge the true magnitude and direction of change that would emerge… 
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The “High Beta” Presidency: Anything Could Happen

20 January 2017

What does the Trump Administration portend for defense policy? Will it increase the defense budget? Will it change the size, structure, and disposition of military forces? Will it cancel important acquisition programs? For now, the best answer to these questions… 
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How the New Administration Can Break the Grip of Deadlock Over Defense Spending

10 November 2016

This week’s election draws to a close a race for President driven by identity politics—affinity by race, class, gender, etc.—rather than ideological competition or policy differences. As a result, resolution of the political contest will not unto itself unlock the calcified… 
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The Defense Offset Strategy Needs A Big Idea

26 April 2015

There is no mistaking what’s foremost in Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work’s mind these days. Twice in two days last week, he used a tangential speaking obligation to underscore the key tenets of his call for a new offset… 
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