The aim of this project is to study what impacts U.S. policies that reduce the defense budget and American fiscal deficit may have on security for Asian allies, including Japan, and to disseminate the findings in various formats.
During the first year of this two-year project, research and writing will examine the impacts on policies of alliance with Japan and other countries, as well as security policies in Asia, associated with reductions in U.S. defense spending.
- Writers and research collaborators:
Dr. Michael E. O'Hanlon will lead the project, and imputs will also be sought through discussions with research collaborators from the Brookings Institution.
- Major points of discussion:
Based on a premise that taking some controlled risks in the coming years and making significant yet careful reductions in U.S. defense capabilities will enable the U.S. to preserve national power over the longer term, the project will think conceptually and strategically about how the United States might take calculated risks in defense policy. It will also look into the effects on the U.S.-Japan alliance and on stability in the Western Pacific region. They will investigate three basic conceptual frameworks for reducing defense spending and subsequently, spell out their rough fiscal implications:1)Tougher Management, 2)Smaller Ground Forces (once current wars are over), 3)More Selective Modernization Efforts.
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