Bigger Isn’t Always Better for U.S. Military

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When politicians talk about finding efficiency in government, they rarely talk about innovation in national security.

Listening to presidential candidates try to outdo themselves with plans on how much larger to grow the military, I am struck by how much the focus is on size. The discussion is on scale and types of forces. Candidates refer to numbers of ships and Army brigades as an analogue for our national security capabilities.

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