Sam Brannan asks Bill Lynn to assess key trends in the defense industry today, and to address how he believes the government should react.
ARLINGTON, VA, November 6, 2013 -- Lynn identified three key trends that have had a major impact on the way the United States must handle warfare in order to maintain dominance:
• Lethality. In the past, small and low-end powers have consistently had access to less powerful equipment and technology, and were capable of much lower lethality. Today, that is no longer the case. Cybertechnology and chemical, biological and nuclear weapons have allowed many immature nation-states and extremists to do extraordinary damage, overwhelming even the most sophisticated technology.
• Duration. The U.S. warfare strategy was once short, highly kinetic and powerfully overwhelming. In recent challenges, these kinetic bursts have been followed by drawn-out aftermaths, putting stress on our forces.
• Asymmetricality. While our reliance on information technology has been one of our greatest strengths, we have become somewhat dependent on it, creating a rather large vulnerability.
Lynn claims that it is up to the Department of Defense to recognize these trends and react, utilizing some of our greatest assets: our allies and our superior commercial technology industries. To remain a dominant global superpower, we must open doors, build bridges and embrace the globality of today’s industry.