The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to present the rollout of the Mitchell Institute’s newest study, Building a Force That Wins: Recommendations for the 2022 National Defense Strategy by Mark Gunzinger, Director of Future Concepts and Capability Assessments, and Lukas Autenried, Senior Analyst at the Mitchell Institute. They are joined for a panel discussion regarding the report’s findings by Dr. Jim Miller, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Elbridge Colby, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development.
Every four years, each administration must evaluate the global threat picture and develop an overarching framework known as the National Defense Strategy (NDS) that establishes priorities for the size of its forces, new weapon systems investments, and its operating concepts. While the 2018 NDS succeeded in reorienting DOD’s planning and resource priorities toward great power competition, persistent issues remain that, if left unaddressed, increase the risk of failure in the event of future great power conflict.
This report offers recommendations on three of the most critical issues the administration should address as it develops its next National Defense Strategy.