How is it that the United States can spend almost as much as the entire remainder of the world in defense spending and still military leaders still complain that they are not spending enough? Simple answer, because we have the wrong strategic approach to defending the country. In response to the challenges of command and control we’ve chosen control over command.
This chart from The Economist shows how US defense spending eclipses the next 14 countries combined — and 6 of those are in NATO.
3. The enemy, seeing the critical reliance upon these networks, invests money and energy in attacking them.
4. We, seeing the enemy plan to attack the network, defend it.
The cost of defense, however, is significantly higher than the cost to attack.
6. Finally, despite vast investments on our best efforts, the network will at some point fail.A better approach would be to acknowledge that the network will likely fail, but develop doctrine, thinking, and commanders with the personal attributes to succeed in that environment.
The benefit of this approach is that it builds upon a historically powerful characteristic of American armed forces. Who else would be better in such an environment?