“Our federal government has no consistent, standardized, and publicly accessible approach to reviewing on a year-by-year basis America’s ability to defend its interests,” Heritage President Jim DeMint writes.
That’s why Heritage this week launched the Index of U.S. Military Strength: to fill a gap in Americans’ understanding of the nature of our military power. Its goals are three-fold:
- Assess the status of U.S. military forces (overall score: marginal);
- Define the environment in which our military must act (overall score: moderate); and
- Identify threats to America’s national interests (overall threat score: elevated).
Future editions will describe how each score has changed from the previous year. Get more information about the scores in the full Index.
Speaking Tuesday at The Heritage Foundation to help launch the Index, Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) said that while “liberal thought has always failed” when it comes to national defense, even conservatives “are failing at national defense because they focus on the wrong problem.” Continue Reading »