Intelligence forecast shows need for humbler US strategy
by Luke Nicastro
| April 29, 2021 11:00 AM
When it comes to foreign policy, the United States is notoriously averse to long-term thinking. Particularly since the end of the Cold War, our strategic culture has tended to cycle through fads, in which the terms of reference change even as the underlying policies remain continuous.
Partly as a corrective to this tendency, every four years, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence releases an unclassified report forecasting the future’s most significant geopolitical developments. The most recent of these, "Global Trends 2040: A More Contested World," was published in April. If taken seriously, it offers a valuable guide to planning for the long haul.
Although ODNI doesn’t make explicit recommendations, its findings suggest the need for a major course correction. Over the next two decades, the U.S. will face headwinds that constrain its freedom of action even as they raise the costs of overreach. To adapt will require a humbler approach, along with an acceptance that, even if we do everything right, we are likely to see our ability to shape events decline considerably.https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/intelligence-forecast-shows-need-for-humbler-us-strategy