Since 1945, the one constant of international politics has been the military power of the United States. That proposition now demands new proof, and our next commander-in-chief should expect to be tested, as John Kennedy was by Nikita Kruschev: have the retreats and “pivoting” of recent years become the new American norm, or will there be a renewed commitment to the traditions of American strategy and international leadership? Absent sufficient military means, there can be but one answer to that question. —Thomas Donnelly, testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, October 29, 2015
In aggregate, the United States’ military posture is rated as ‘Marginal’ and is trending toward ‘Weak.’ […] [T]he current U.S. military force is capable of meeting the demands of a single major regional conflict while also attending to various presence and engagement activities—something it is doing now and has done for the past two decades—but […] it would be very hard-pressed to do more and certainly would be ill-equipped to handle two nearly simultaneous major regional contingencies.