The Pentagon's To-Do List

In U.S. News & World Report, AHS speaker Mackenzie Eaglen discusses why secretary of defense nominee Carter will face a mounting list of challenges with only a narrow window to act:

"There is a lack of understanding by policymakers about how bad the drawdown is hurting capacity and readiness and how much is required to reverse course. It goes beyond simply halting sequestration to restoring defense budget growth that is slightly above inflation to keep the Defense Department afloat."