Many capabilities for a credible third offset strategy already exist. The United States and a number of its NATO allies are acquiring the stealthy F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The U.S. is deploying a set of advanced tactical and theater air and missile defenses, including Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense aboard surface ships and ashore in Europe and the Theater High Altitude Area Defense system in South Korea. Finally, the U.S. Army has a series of near-term modernization programs for its tanks, armored fighting vehicles, artillery and long-range rockets that would substantially increase the fighting power of U.S. ground combat units. I have written about a practical approach to a new offset strategy for RealClearDefense here.
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