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Keeping Military Readiness In Step With Changing Threat Environment

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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Washington, D.C.– The U.S. military’s state of preparedness has become a central focus for policymakers seeking to ensure that defense readiness is in step with the changing global threat environment.

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Task Force on Defense Personnel today released a staff paper looking at this issue, The Building Blocks of a Ready Military: People, Funding, Tempo. The final task force report with recommendations will be released in March.

“Low readiness levels have a direct negative impact on retention and recruiting, and actually put more American servicemembers in danger,” Blaise Misztal, national security director at BPC, said.

“Irrational cuts in the defense budget the past six years have harmed military personnel and forced some who would have remained in the military to leave, and discouraged others who stay, but are dissatisfied,” Steve Bell, senior fellow at BPC, said.

Listen to a podcast about the issues discussed in this paper with retired Admiral Gary Roughead, who is a member of the task force.

Additional resources include:

The Military Compensation Conundrum

Losing Our Edge: Pentagon Personnel Reform and the Dangers of Inaction

KEYWORDS: STEVE BELL, BLAISE MISZTAL, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, TASK FORCE ON DEFENSE PERSONNEL