AGE OF DANGER
Bestselling author Thom Shanker and defense expert Andrew Hoehn offer an urgent look at how America’s national security machine went astray and how it fails to keep us safe in their new, timely book AGE OF DANGER.
Again and again, American taxpayers are asked to open their wallets and pay for a national security machine that costs $1.25 trillion to operate. How is it possible that the United States Government gets it so wrong on so many critical issues, and so often? And if our expensive national security machine is not working, what can be done?
Enter Thom Shanker, bestselling author and former New York Times editor, along with Andrew Hoehn, RAND SVP of Research and Analysis and former Pentagon official, who have not only decades of national security expertise between them, but access to virtually every expert with something valuable to say.
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If our expensive national security machine is not working, what can be done?
It is a timely and crucial call to action, a call that if heeded, could save Americans lives, money, and our very future on the global stage.
AGE OF DANGER
“One of the best new books out there right now in national security.”— Andrew Schwartz, The Truth of the Matter Podcast
“A sobering, intelligent analysis from two experts who know whereof they write.”
— Frank Bruni, The New York Times
“Consistently interesting on the government’s evolving understanding of these problems and how attitudes and efforts to address them have developed over time.” —Lawrence D. Freedman, historian and author
“Written in a style that will appeal to a wide range of readers, from the layperson to the policy expert, Age of Danger will no doubt help all who care about this nation’s security and prosperity to find a way to make that a reality…[Hoehn & Shanker] have written a book that is truly a must read.“
— The Cipher Brief
“An instructive deep dive into a system that requires vast improvement efforts.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Hoehn and Shanker make a powerful case …They clearly define a new outlook, and the new set of institutional tools to manage the Age of Danger in which we find ourselves today.”
—Chuck Hagel, former Secretary of Defense
“A knowledgeable and convincing tour of where and how America’s safeguards should be strengthened.”
— Publishers Weekly
“In this timely volume, two leading experts help us think through new approaches to tune up the vast machine of national security.”
―Admiral James Stavridis, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander and author of 2034: A Novel of the Next World War
“Creative and thought-provoking, this book is a must read for students, policy practitioners and concerned citizens alike.”
― Michele Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
“Age of Danger leaves us with no excuses…This is a clear, direct, and understandable must-read for anyone concerned about the nation’s security.”
― William “Mac” Thornberry, former chairman of the House Armed Services Committee
“NEED A GOOD BEACH READ? Things are heating up in the literary world this summer, so in case you’re headed to the beach or the pool to cool off, we thought you might be interested in what national security experts consider the best reads of the summer.” — The Cipher Brief
In this episode of “Hot Wash” host John Sorensen speaks with Hoehn and Shanker about the “Warning Machine” and the “Action Machine” in the National Security and Defense apparatus. Where does it fail, what is it missing, and how do we fix it to prepare for new challenges like the pacing threat of China, the potential of new pandemics, cyber and AI, as well as climate change?
The authors of Age of Danger discuss why we are entering an age of greater danger than we have known since the end of the Cold War, the nature of the government’s machinery for warning and action in the national security realm, the feasibility and desirability of “whole-of-government” and “whole-of-society” solutions to these looming national security challenges, the legacy of Andrew Marshall (the director of the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment for 40 years), the role of cost-imposing strategies and the use of attritable unmanned aircraft and sensors for deterring the PRC in the Taiwan Strait, the nature of “unobtanium”, and the Russian war on Ukraine.
“REVIEW – At a time when the United States faces unprecedented threats to its security and prosperity, we all are in search of a book that will help us understand how we arrived at this precarious position, what spectrum of dangers face us, and what this nation must do to most effectively deal with these threats.”
Listen Andrew Hoehn & Thom Shanker talk with The Cipher Brief about how to address the challenges the United States faces from Russia and China – and from emerging threats like pandemics, AI-enabled weapons and cybersecurity.
Join the Scowcroft Center’s ForwardDefense program for their latest event titled “Prevailing in an Age of Danger.” This event will take place on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. ET in-person and via Zoom.
The discussion will feature Thom Shanker & Andrew Hoehn, alongside a distinguished panel of experts, as they discuss how US leaders should craft strategies and policies to prepare for and address emerging security issues. For more info and to sign up for the event, click the link below.
“National security veterans of many years, Hoehn and Shanker break down the major challenges the U.S. faces and what should be done about them. The takeaway? Be afraid. And somewhat encouraged.”
Listen to the latest episode of The Burn Bag, featuring conversation with Andrew Hoehn and Thom Shanker on Age of Danger and how they would retool the $1.25 trillion national security machine to be better able at addressing those threats.
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