New National Defense Strategy: Arms Race and Great Power Conflict

The new National Defense Strategy announced last week moves from the ‘war on terror’ toward conflict with great powers. The move from military conflict against non-state actors, i.e. ‘terrorists’, to great power conflict means more military hardware, massive spending on weapons and a new arms race. We speak with Nicolas Davies and Mike Whitney about reasons for the change in defense strategy, the broad impacts it will have and how it will affect areas of conflict around the world.


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Relevant articles and websites:

New Defense Strategy: War with great nations and arms race by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

A National Defense Strategy of Sowing Global Chaos by Nicolas J. S. Davies

Robert Parry’s Legacy and the Future of Consortiumnews by Nat Parry

Consortium News/Nicolas Davies

Turkish Invasion Pits Neocons Against Traditional Imperialists by Mike Whitney

Counter Punch/Mike Whitney

Redacted Tonight on General Mattis’ announcement of the new National Defense Strategy



Nicolas “Sandy” Davies is the author of Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq. He also wrote the chapter on “Obama at War” in Grading the 44th President: a Report Card on Barack Obama’s First Term as a Progressive Leader, and he writes regularly for Consortium News.

Mike Whitney is a freelance writer living in Washington state. He writes for a variety of outlets on foreign policy and other issues.  He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (2012, AK Press).