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Technological Superiority and Better Buying Power 3.0


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Author: Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

Frank KendallEach morning I start my day with a half hour or more devoted to reading the latest intelligence.

I’ve been doing this for about four-and-a-half years now. It took me only a few weeks from the time I came back into government in March 2010 to realize that we had a serious problem. Some of the countries that might be future adversaries, (or that could at least be counted on to sell their weapons to countries that are our adversaries) were clearly developing sophisticated weapons designed to defeat the United States’ power-projection forces. Even if war with the United States were unlikely or unintended, it was quite obvious to me that the foreign investments I saw in military modernization had the objective of enabling the countries concerned to deter regional intervention by the American military.

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