Adm. Stavridis: U.S. Needs Hard & Soft Power for Security

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The Trump Administration’s proposal to hike military expenditures at the expense of foreign assistance is being challenged by a group of former military leaders.

“We believe in the premise that the nation needs hard power (planes, tanks, warships, well trained combat troops) and soft power (diplomacy, strategic communications, foreign aid, disaster relief, literacy training) in order to create real security,” Admiral (ret.) James Stavridis tells The Cipher Brief.

The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to The Cipher Brief in terms of the number of articles published by formers.” —Sept. 2018, Studies in Intelligence, Vol. 62

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