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The Consequences of Shrinking America's Military
As America draws down troops from Afghanistan, reduces the size of its military and cuts back on military spending, some experts worry that America's leadership in the world and ability to protect its allies is eroding.

As America draws down troops from Afghanistan, cuts back on military spending and the size of its military, many worry that America’s leadership in the world and ability to protect its allies is eroding. On this edition of America Abroad we travel to Estonia, Japan, and Saudi Arabia to speak with US allies as well as officials and experts in Washington to understand how America’s defense cuts are perceived around the world.

Jennifer Strong reports from the Pentagon on the particulars of the current US troops draw down and what it means for America's capabilities and image abroad.
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Teri Schultz reports from Brussels and Estonia on how NATO is responding to Russia’s movements in Ukraine and how America’s military factors into long terms plans for the alliance.
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Lucy Craft reports from Japan on how Obama's “Pivot to Asia” strategy is driving military decisions in the region.
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America is nearing a nuclear deal with Iran, leaving traditional allies like Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States nervous about US commitment to their interests.
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America Abroad speaks with General Charles "Chuck" F. Wald is the former Deputy Commander of United States European Command about what a smaller military means for America's long term strategic goals.
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America Abroad chats with Mackenzie Eaglen, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, about what a smaller military means for America's ability to project power and influence in the world.
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Featured Experts

Eliot A Cohen
Eliot A Cohen is a professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he runs the Strategic Studies program. In addition to being an academic he has served in government most recently as Counselor of the Department of State.
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Michael O'Hanlon
Michael O'Hanlon is a senior fellow with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and director of research for the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force and American foreign policy. He is a visiting lecturer at Princeton University, an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. His most recent book is Healing the Wounded Giant Maintaining Military Preeminence while Cutting the Defense Budget (Brookings Institution Press 2013)
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Todd Harrison
Todd Harrison is the Senior Fellow for Defense Budget Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Mr. Harrison joined CSBA in 2009 from Booz Allen Hamilton, where he supported clients across the Department of Defense assessing challenges to modernization initiatives and evaluating the performance of acquisition programs. He previously worked in the aerospace industry developing advanced space systems and technologies and served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
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Kori Schake
Kori Schake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. She has held the Distinguished Chair in International Security Studies at the United States Military Academy and worked in the Pentagon, State Department, and National Security Council and as senior policy adviser to the 2008 McCain presidential campaign. Her most recent book is State of Disrepair Fixing the Culture and Practice of the State Department.
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Gordon Adams
Dr. Gordon Adams, a professor of U.S. Foreign Policy, at American University's School of International Service. He has published widely on defense and national security policy, the defense policy process, and national security budgets. He is extensively used by the nation’s media for comment on U.S. national security policy.
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James Starvidis
James Stavridis is the 12th leader of The Fletcher School since its founding in 1933. A retired Admiral in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander. He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009. A Fletcher PhD, he won the Gullion prize as outstanding student and has published five books and over a hundred articles. His focus is on innovation, strategic communication and planning, and creating security through international, interagency, and public/private partnerships in this turbulent 21st century.
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This program was hosted by Madeleine Brand. It was written and edited by Martha Little and produced by Rob Sachs with help from Flawn Williams. Additional production help at KCRW was provided by Mario Saavreda, Phil Richards, and Andrew Walsh

Support for this show was also provided by Public Radio International, The Stuart Family Foundation, and Turkish Airlines.



Host: Madeleine Brand/ Length: 51 minutes / Airdate: May, 2014

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