Some Future of War thoughts in response to Matt Cavanaugh’s criticisms

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Media Outlet: Foreign Policy

Maj. Matt Cavanaugh, who was a winner in our Future of War essay contest, wrote a provocative piece complaining that there weren’t enough military people, and especially active duty people, speaking at theNew America/ASU conference on the Future of War. Quoth he, “the uniformed military is massively underrepresented at the Future of War Conference.” He suspects, by contrast, that academia and think tanks were was over-represented. On that, I would suggest that he re-categorize participants as “former and likely future policymakers in significant civilian roles”—the numbers would look different.

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Thomas Ricks is an ASU Future of War senior fellow at New America  He also is a contributing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, for which he writes the blog “The Best Defense.”