Springfield VA— It was a very tumultuous year, one in which Russia invaded Ukraine, China ratcheted up tensions in the Pacific, ruthless Islamic State militants fighting in Syria used brutal tactics to seize ever larger chunks of the country before invading Iraq. And in America, political gridlock continued to constrain US defense spending. Readiness has taken a beating as American forces remain engaged in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, across Africa, as well as increasing their presence in Asia to reassure nervous allies.
Unrest around the world has driven the international community to respond. The question is whether their actions have been sufficient. Defense News asked 15 leaders in military, government, academia and industry from Europe to Asia to the US to the Middle East for their perspectives about their region and how they fit into world events.
The result is a comprehensive collection of viewpoints that puts 2014 into context while forecasting the challenges – and what must be done to meet them – in 2015, all packaged into one year-end, double issue of Defense News.
Beginning December 18, 2014 DefenseNews.com started posting essays from these thought leaders:
- Michael Fallon, UK secretary of defense
- Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, Israel Defense Force chief of staff
- French Gen. Jean-Paul Paloméros, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation
- Frank Kendall, US undersecretary of defense envoy to the global coalition to counter the Islamic State group
- Jan Pie, secretary-general, AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe
- Seyed Hossein Mousavian, former head of foreign relations at the Supreme National Security Council of Iran
- Vasily Kashin, analyst, Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, Moscow
- US Gen. John Campbell, commander, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force
- Wang Dong, Peking University
- Michael Strianese, Aerospace Industries Association chairman
- Adm. Giuseppe De Giorgi, Italian Navy chief
- Vivek Rae, former Indian Defence Ministry official
- Yoji Koda, former commander in chief, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Fleet
- US Gen. John Allen (Retired), special presidential envoy to the global coalition to counter the Islamic State group
This is a must-read for anyone involved in defense or military planning, strategy, policy and procurement. Go to DefenseNews.com for the latest updates.