The Future Role and Undertakings of the US Military. Key Issues under Debate

Authors:

  • Kristina Zetterlund

Publish date: 2009-01-08

Report number: FOI-R--2698--SE

Pages: 65

Written in: English

Keywords:

  • The United States
  • Barack Obama
  • defence policy
  • foreign policy
  • military
  • army
  • defence budget
  • Iraq
  • private security companies
  • contractors

Abstract

When Barack Obama in January 2009 enters the White House as President of the United States, he will face a number of daunting challenges. Not only will he have to deal with one of the worst financial crises since the Great Depression of the 1930s, but, as the country´s new Commander in Chief, he will be in charge of a military strained after years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and in need of determining its future direction. This report analyses some key issues and developments deemed to have a bearing on the future role and undertakings of US armed forces and which are currently under debate in Washington.

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