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How true is the truism that the United States possesses the world’s strongest military? While many in Washington and beyond worry about the military rise of great-power rivals like China, Christian Brose makes the provocative case that the United States is already lagging behind in the military competition because it has for years invested billions of dollars in expensive and vulnerable ships, planes, and other military platforms. Brose argues in his new Amazon-bestselling book, The Kill Chain, that bureaucratic inertia and entrenched interests stand between the United States and a new way of war centered on expendable, unmanned, autonomous, and ubiquitous weapons systems.

Please join Forward Defense, the newest practice area at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, for a special virtual panel on “The Future of High-Tech Warfare.” Joining us for this panel are Christian Brose, Chief Strategy Officer at Anduril Industries; David Ignatius, Associate Editor and Columnist at The Washington Post who reviewed The Kill Chain; Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors and former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; and General James Cartwright, USMC (Ret.), Atlantic Council Board Director and former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

A panel discussion with

Moderated by

David Ignatius

Associate Editor and Columnist, The Washington Post

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