DoD Leaders' Concerns
Randall G. Schriver, the Assistant Secretary of Defense, states that the country is currently engaged in an ideological conflict with China and must formulate an efficient, organized approach in collaboration with its allies to counteract China's rise. We have also included quotes from officials such as Peter Fanta (Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense), Patrick Shanahan (Defense Secretary), Michael Vickers (Head of Intelligence, Pentagon), Michael D. Griffin (Undersecretary of Defense for Research & Engineering), Bob Work (Deputy Defense Secretary), and Michael Griffin (Undersecretary of Defense for Research & Engineering).
DoD Leaders' Concerns: quotes
Quote 1: Peter Fanta, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
- “Peter Fanta, deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear matters, said it’s time for the Defense and Energy departments to work together to develop manufacturing and engineering expertise as well as capabilities to create flexible, updated nuclear warheads by the 2040s, or risk being unable to keep up with potential adversaries’ technological developments.”
Quote 2: Patrick Shanahan, Defense Secretary
- “Shanahan also said that while warfighting doctrine would inevitably change as the future force pivots to focus more on cyber, missiles and space, it was all about finding the right mix.”
- "I don't think the course that the Chinese are on is the same course that these naval battles will be fought on in the future," he said, mentioning autonomous vessels. "Warfighting doctrine is going to change drastically. That doesn't mean we divorce ourselves from our current infrastructure, but I think this transition to future forces -- space, cyber, missiles -- will have a profound impact on the type of Navy we have and the size of those vessels and the composition."
Quote 3: Michael Vickers, Pentagon, Head of Intelligence
- "Unlike the Cold War, it's about who is going to be the global leader – first with the biggest economy, and out of that will come political influence," Vickers told CBS News Wednesday. "But then secondarily – who is the most innovative economy and creating the industries of the future."
Quote 4: Randall G. Schriver, Assistant Secretary of Defense
- “The United States is in an ideological battle with China and needs to devise an effective, coordinated strategy with its allies to counter the rise of the Asian giant, according to a senior US defense official.”
- “China’s use of “predatory economics” and its growing military clout threatened to worsen corruption, undermine the sovereignty of smaller nations, erode human rights and weaken free trading systems, said Randall G. Schriver, assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs at the US Department of Defense.”
Quote 5: Michael D. Griffin, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
- “According to information outlined in the National Defense Strategy, Griffin said, he feels the United States can modernize in more than 10 areas of national security, including artificial intelligence, to remain prepared for the future of war in the cyber realm.”
Quote6: Bob Work, Deputy Defense Secretary
- “The prospect of a pre-emptive attack represents a huge shift for the US war-fighting machine, which he says maintains clear superiority today only with its submarine fleet. Even then China’s fleet may overtake America’s by 2030.”
Quote 7: Michael Griffin, UnderSecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
- “Protecting ships and bases from the hypersonic missile threat is key to the future of U.S. missile defense, Michael Griffin, the undersecretary for research and engineering, said while speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.”
To locate quotes from/about Department of Defense (DoD) leaders regarding concerns they have about the future, we explored sites such as Defense News, Defense Systems, and the U.S. Department of Defense among others. Using this research approach, we found information on the concerns of DoD leaders.
We then evaluated each of the quotes to determine if they were speaking about future concerns and the ability to keep up with the pace of change and stay competitive on a global scale. Also, we ensured to only include quotes from DoD officials from the past 12 months. In total, we identified about seven different quotes that fit the specified criteria.