New Perspectives

New Perspective Vol 1 Issue I

A foreign policy journal written by and for the enrichment of young professionals.

Volume 6 Winter 2014




About New Perspectives


New Perspectives in Foreign Policy is published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to provide a forum for young professionals to debate issues of importance in foreign policy. Though New Perspectives seeks to bring new voices into the dialogue, it does not endorse specific opinions or policy prescriptions. As such, the views expressed herein are solely those of the authors and contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Editorial Board, CSIS, or the CSIS Board of Trustees.


Letter from the Editorial Board


U.S. combat forces are out of Iraq and transitioning out of Afghanistan. Defense budgets are increasingly constrained, both at home and abroad, forcing a reallocation of resources and priorities. Given this backdrop, many are grappling with the question of what warfare will look like in the future. How the nature of battle will change, how institutions will adapt to the economic environment, how future causes of conflict might be forecast—all these questions hold significant implications for policymaking. In this edition of New Perspectives in Foreign Policy, young professionals address and analyze some of the key forces driving these changes, providing a glimpse of what the coming era of warfare may look like.

A strong defense architecture requires a grand strategy. To this end, Raj Pattani offers a holistic overview of the kind of strategic approaches the United States might adapt to counter its adversaries across the many different domains and forms of conflict it is likely to encounter. Two articles in this issue address how best to prepare the United States for complex, irregular warfare against rogue states and non-state actors. Charles Demmer argues that the United States must further develop the capability to rapidly aggregate and disaggregate its forces in order to address the many different threats it will face across the globe. By making forces lighter and more self-sufficient, the United States will ultimately be able to increase its offensive combat power. Jack Miller picks up on this debate, analyzing how making Special Operations Forces the centerpiece of the U.S. force structure is the most effective and efficient way to counter both of these major threats.

Innovative technologies can change the strategic balance of power in war. But are we investing in the best technology? Kelley Sayler argues that while disruptive technologies are becoming increasingly complex, the United States is investing in overly expensive acquisition programs and unnecessary weapons systems, thereby limiting our ability to develop more dynamic, adaptable technologies better suited for future warfare. Focusing on the Korean peninsula, Sang Jun Lee looks at how laser defense technology could significantly impact the balance of power between South Korea and North Korea.

Rapidly advancing technology, evolving battlefields, and constrained resources will define the near-term future of warfare. In the following pages, we are pleased to present the views and opinions of leading young professionals on these challenging subjects shaping that future.

New Perspectives Editorial Board

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Mark Massey, Carolyn Barnett, Molly Walton, Hijab Shah, Terence M. Toland

New Perspectives Editorial Board




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