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A distinguished historian with over a decade inside the United States Department of Defense shows how the downsizing of our armed forces lowers the nation’s defense and puts us at risk.

In this stunningly detailed account of United States military power in the Obama era, Mark Moyar reveals how Obama’s military decisions have led to the international catastrophes of his second term. While our current downward spiral did not grab the attention of the American people until 2014, Moyar finds its roots in Obama’s first-term decisions to shrink the United States military and replace large overseas military commitments with “light footprints.”

Obama’s preoccupation with his political self-interest has consistently trumped the national interest. Moyar documents how Obama has failed to deliver on his substitutes for military power. Cutting through the chaff of partisan bickering with penetrating analysis, he homes in on the events and personalities driving failures across the globe.

Moyar illustrates how Obama’s policies led to the rise of ISIS and how conditions are primed for future cataclysms. He shows how the killing of the United States ambassador at Benghazi was the result of a light-footprint approach in Libya and reveals the problems stemming from our reliance on drone strikes. The ongoing military drawdown and international perceptions of Obama’s passivity have heightened the risks to America from her enemies.

Drawing upon the lessons of Obama’s presidency, Moyar concludes by identifying a better way for US national security in the twenty-first century. Strategic Failure is a timely and fascinating opening salvo in the looming 2016 showdown between Republican and Democratic presidential contenders.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An extraordinary read for anyone who cares about the future of the United States of America.”

    Lieutenant General Michael T. FLynn, USA (Ret.), former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency

  • “An iron-clad indictment of the Obama national security policy. This book will serve as an invaluable resource for future generations of public servants, national security enthusiasts, and concerned Americans.”

    Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America

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About the Author

Mark Moyar is the author of several books, including Phoenix and the Birds of Prey: The CIA’s Secret Campaign to Destroy the Viet Cong, Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954–1965, and A Question of Command: Counterinsurgency from the Civil War to Iraq. He is a senior fellow at the Joint Special Operations University and the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a member of the Hoover Institution Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and numerous other publications. He lives in Washington, DC.