By Lawrence P. Farrell Jr.
These are tough times for the nation, and for defense.
The U.S. financial system is broken and the country is in dire fiscal shape.
The defense budget is under enormous pressure. The extent of future cuts is still unknown, so uncertainty abounds.
Much of the current circumstance is defined by existing problems. These can be assessed and analyzed. They are the “knowns.” But unanticipated events can also affect national security, finances and defense. These are “wildcards.”
We can posture more easily for the knowns. Wildcards are tougher. The best response to both knowns and wildcards is to develop robust and diverse capabilities. Robustness may be difficult to structure, but diversity has a robustness all of its own. One wonders what are the knowns and wildcards, and what do we do about them.