After the 2008 financial crisis, the government decided that there are some banks that are too big to fail without risking the entire economy. The U.S. military is becoming too small to risk failure, except when confronting an existential threat. There is now a very real possibility that in a future conflict, even one with a regional adversary, U.S. forces could suffer such high casualties that, regardless of the outcome, this country will lack the capabilities needed to deal with any other major contingency. A force that is too small to fail is one that the U.S. increasingly could be reluctant to send in harm’s way save when national survival is at risk. I have written a commentary for The National Interest here.
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