Edited by: A. N. Vladimir Putin said this week that he remains committed to moving to an all-volunteer military, even though budgetary stringencies have slowed the process. WELSH: —in the technology that John is talking about. But there is some discussion that, no, we should not do that. January 7, 2021. The Pentagon makes changes that could create an "adaptability gap" for the military when fighting unconventional warfare. And I think it may be slower than if it were Americans to do it, but at the end of the day it will be sustainable. I also think it helps explain why the military is one of the most professional and one of the most respected institutions in American society. Now, there’s numerous areas where the work of the Council on Foreign Relations and the military overlap, from Laurie Garrett’s analysis of the military’s response to Ebola to the contribution of our Stanton nuclear fellows, and from the works, say, by Senior Fellow Max Boot on wars big and small, to all that we’re doing on cybersecurity. In 1973, the soon-to-be most disgraced president of the United States implemented the all-volunteer force (AVF) and did away with conscription — a political and social act to atone for the sins of the most unpopular war in our country’s history and an unfair military draft. We think that’s sufficient capabilities to execute the strategies as they exist today. The integrated system would do the trick, of which the THAAD is a subcomponent. The task from the president is to—from President Obama—is to destroy ISIS. SANGER: And even without simultaneity, you have the pivot. Elements within it, sure—Shia militias, the Sadrists, those kind of organizations—but the Iraqi security forces themselves I think are largely loyal to their government and they want to defeat ISIS as well. We changed the narrative of why we need to recapitalize the Coast Guard, but people listen. The other key piece in this—if you’re going to build public trust to invest in a service—we doubled down on our financial auditing process. And if General Thomas or General Votel were here they could wax much more eloquently about it. Sixty-eight, in Czechoslovakia, Soviet forces were already there. We still have a very small percentage of our force is actually on unmanned aircraft. Field Marshal Sanger, as you know—(laughter)—is the national security correspondent for The New York Times, where he’s been for some three decades now. But, you know, it isn’t the—I guess I’m a classicist in that the nature of war really hasn’t changed, and we are going to—it is a contest between thinking adversaries, and they’re going to study our vulnerabilities and they’re going to target those vulnerabilities to achieve their aim. By: Summer Minger. So we can use them to develop targets. But in a previous job I actually had to kind of break open the books and learn about this, so I would say, without getting into the details, that we have a very capable ballistic missile defense. December 22, 2020, To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that I’m not going to speak for my fellows up here, but I think we generally agree with that. He’s been in many different groupings, including special forces over the last 35 years. And then this summer I’ll take members of the Arctic Caucus, members of Senate, climatologists, and we’re going to go out to what’s called the Jakobshavn Glacier—Jakobshavn with a “J” by the way. Our latest taskforce on North Korea will provide an assessment of policy toward the country against the backdrop of its enhanced nuclear and missile capabilities. Lo and behold, the racing stripe, the lettering, looks mighty familiar to us. Would lowering the age of recruitment fix the military’s recruiting worries? To ask these and other questions, it’s now my pleasure to introduce tonight’s presider, David Sanger. But nuclear we decided years ago would be put aside not to be used as a normal weapon of war. RICHARDSON: I think we’re getting closer to those types of solutions, yeah. So, today, 330 million Americans lay claim to rights, liberties, and privileges that not one of them is obligated to protect and defend. And we came up with a campaign plan. One of the recent investigations into issues facing veterans and military families is the report produced by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), which provided a number of alarming findings. We’re working with them right now to sign Conduct for Unplanned Encounters at Sea so they won’t take these actions against our Navy and other forces as well, but at least to have that open and frank dialogue for the very same reasons that are mentioned here. And one of the things we’re all facing is that the military services have all shrunk. We’ve got the total Army, so we’re about a million strong in the United States Army. Are you normalizing cyberwarfare, even while we’re using it against an enemy like ISIS? How will President-Elect Joe Biden proceed. And this is the fourth lecture that we’ve held since Bob’s death in 2012. We’ve got radars. And particularly, talk a little bit about Syria and Iraq in this current struggle. I want to start off by asking you on the counterterrorism side: How do you assess, General Milley, the speed with which we reacted to the rise of ISIS two years ago? It goes back to how big the forces are. They deserve the sacraments. MILLEY: I don’t want to take it because I gave a speech up at Norwich a week ago and I used the word “hybrid” and “little green men” and everybody’s saying I’m talking about aliens coming into America, so I’m staying away from it this time. War and terrorism. I mean, that’s just sort of at the macro scale—you know, your father went up—his job off of Okinawa was the fighter director who was the person who vectored fighters in to go against the kamikaze threat, which was the only thing in World War II that Admiral Nimitz said he did not anticipate by virtue of his participation in the war games in Newport, right, that resulted in War Plan Orange. So there’s not a lot of mystery in how we’re using them. And it’s a very different job than your predecessors had. That is mach speech for a glacier. And so we’re seeing that we’re confronted with a new, you know, form of competition here. This is just contesting messaging and words and ideas and thoughts on what we would call social media. And so we are where we are, doing what we’re doing. Admiral Zukunft, we had a discussion the other day about global warming and what potential threats that poses to populations, the possibility of new conflicts that come up as you have rising seas. Everyone recognizes the biggest challenges facing the U.S. Army. The team has sort of stood up, organized, and—organized their defenses to become very capable in this. These are Inuit tribesmen who have lived up there for more than the last millennium and they say: The ocean around us has changed. SANGER: Yeah, who’s often on this stage as well. MILLEY: That’s a great question for the Navy. Sign up for the Early Bird Brief - a daily roundup of military and defense news stories from around the globe. NELLER: Well, it’s very dangerous to have a Marine infantry officer talk to you about ballistic missile defense. OK, let’s start with the NATO question, which was, do we still need it? What is the appropriate force structure in the Navy when combined with the joint force that can take on the missions that we’ve been assigned, including Russia, including ISIS, some of those forces that weren’t even on the table the last time we did this? And so it is a changing dynamic. Many times, a veteran just needs a helping hand, like Edward Andruskieicz, of Lynn, Massachusetts. So that’s another element that we’re going to have to look at as well. NELLER: Could I just—on this question I agree with Mark about the Iraqi security forces. According to Gen. 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