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An Assessment of U.S. Military Power

Wed, Feb 3, 2016, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

You are cordially invited to a presentation on the topic of

An Assessment of U.S. Military Power

Dakota L. Wood
Senior Research Fellow, Defense Programs, The Heritage Foundation

Wednesday, February 3
4:30 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
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Dakota WoodDakota Wood will discuss the 2016 Index of U.S. Military Strength, which is The Heritage Foundation’s second annual assessment of the United States Armed Forces’ ability to provide for the common defense. As with the first edition, the 2016 Index continues to analyze the U.S. military’s status in capacity, capability, and readiness. The publication also looks at evolving threats and opportunities around the globe and how they contribute to and influence this ability and discusses how and why elements of national security grew better or worse over the past year.

Dakota L. Wood, who served America for two decades in the U.S. Marine Corps, is the Senior Research Fellow for Defense Programs at The Heritage Foundation. In his service as a Marine, Dakota participated in the planning and execution of operations around the world to include Operation Enduring Freedom following the attacks of 9/11 and Operation Iraqi Freedom to depose Saddam Hussein. Mr. Wood culminated his career conducting studies on military, technology, economic and political matters for senior officials at the highest levels of the Marine Corps and the Defense Department. Following retirement in 2005, Mr. Wood helped to organize and operationalize the National Biosurveillance Integration System, a Department of Homeland Security effort. He has also served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and as the Strategist for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Special Operations Command.