Defense : redefining United States needs
Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Person InterviewedKorb, Lawrence J.
Holmes, Kim R.
Examines American defense priorities and spending following the end of the Cold War.
The end of the Cold War was a watershed moment for American defense policy. During the years of the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the arms buildup of the Reagan Administration, U.S. defense spending soared, reaching almost 12% of GDP at its peak. Following the decline of the Soviet nuclear threat, however, the United States slashed defense spending in the face of enormous budget deficits and uncertain strategic priorities. Under the Clinton Administration, defense spending was projected to represent just 3% of GDP by 1998, a mere quarter of what it had once been. As American policymakers sought to define the United States' newfound role as the world's sole superpower, questions arose about the defense capabilities of America's downsized military. Will the U.S. be able to protect its interests and honor its international commitments despite a radical decrease in military spending, and what security threats remain for the U.S. to confront? In this episode, Dr. Lawrence Korb, former Assistant Secretary of Defense, and Kim Holmes of the Heritage Foundation join host Peter Krogh to discuss changing American defense priorities in the midst of a changing world order.
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