EXECUTIVE LECTURE FORUM: Activities: 2001: Abstract: Tangredi

September 6, 2001Captain Sam Tangredi

Captain Sam J. Tangredi, Senior Military Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University

Captain Sam J. Tangredi from the National Defense University offered a comprehensive briefing on Globalization and the Future Security Environment. He projected twelve key strategic decisions for the time period 2001-2025. He spoke at great length concerning the most significant threats to U.S. interests, what kind of wars the U.S. military should be prepared to deter and, if necessary, to fight and win over the next 10-20 years. He underlined that there will not be an ideological competitor to democracy of the scale of Cold War communism. And there will be no conventional military-peer competitor capable of long term power projection beyond its immediate region. However, China could emerge as a great power competitor at a later time. Captain Tangredi was of the opinion that if there should be a technological surprise, it will likely be developed by the United States. He warned that the U.S. homeland will become increasingly vulnerable to chemical and biological weapons. Meanwhile, information warfare will become increasingly important, and, in this respect, the U.S. has the leading edge.

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