June 7, 2023
The U.S. has over defined National Security as a fight against terrorism for far too long and the U.S. never has faced so many simultaneous threats ever. In this book talk, Tom Shanker and Andrew Hoehn attempt to move discussion away from counterterrorism talks to a more comprehensive definition of American National Security. In the case of China, which was thought of as a place where we [the U.S.] can do business has been predicted in a 1985 article to have an eventual rise in growing economy and a military surplus. Now, China has created an anti access area denial, basically a “keep out” zone for American vessels. Another threat is the Russian state, noting Vladimir Putin as “the threat that was hiding in plain sight.” U.S. intelligence has zero tactical warning about the Russian Ukrainian invasion of 2014, due to America blinding themself because of a lack of intelligence funding. Later, the two writers answer questions on educating the American population, existential threats, and better actions that could be taken in the U.S.-Chinese relationship.