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NEWS | April 21, 2021

U.S. Defense Strategy After The Pandemic

By Frank Hoffman WOTR

U.S. Marines with 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 2d Assault Amphibian Battalion conduct a ship-to-shore event at Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 19, 2020. The annual training requirement was used to maintain and improve the unit’s readiness and proficiency while conducting amphibious operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Patrick King)
U.S. Marines with 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 2d Assault Amphibian Battalion conduct a ship-to-shore event at Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 19, 2020. The annual training requirement was used to maintain and improve the unit’s readiness and proficiency while conducting amphibious operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Patrick King)
U.S. Marines with 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 2d Assault Amphibian Battalion conduct a ship-to-shore event at Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 19, 2020. The annual training requirement was used to maintain and improve the unit’s readiness and proficiency while conducting amphibious operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Patrick King)
Surf’s up: 2nd AAB conducts amphibious training event
U.S. Marines with 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 2d Assault Amphibian Battalion conduct a ship-to-shore event at Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 19, 2020. The annual training requirement was used to maintain and improve the unit’s readiness and proficiency while conducting amphibious operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Patrick King)
Photo By: Lance Cpl. Patrick King
VIRIN: 200319-M-JH495-128

After a year of loss and lockdowns, America’s vaccination efforts are slowly allowing the country to reopen. At long last, things are very slowly starting to feel normal. Among other things, this moment provides analysts the opportunity to consider how the pandemic has affected domestic support for America’s defense strategy, and whether the country will be able to afford it over the long term. This will be a difficult conversation, as it will necessarily require questioning longstanding assumptions in America’s strategic community.

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Dr. Frank Hoffman is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, Center for Strategic Research at National Defense University. The views expressed are his own and do not reflect those of the National Defense University or the Department of Defense.