U.S. Marines (USMC) silhouetted against the sunset on June 1, 2012.

U.S. Marines (USMC) silhouetted against the sunset on June 1, 2012.

President-elect Donald Trump says we need to rebuild and reinvest in our military. But America already spends more on defense than the next seven countries combined. So what will a Trump presidency mean for the future of our armed forces?


  • Chuck Hagel was US Secretary of Defense from 2013 to 2015. Before that, he served two terms in the US Senate as a Republican representing the state of Nebraska, and he's a decorated Vietnam war veteran
  • Michael Donley was Secretary of the Air Force from 2008 to 2013. He was appointed by former President George W. Bush, served under President Obama, and retired as the longest-serving secretary in Air Force history
  • Gordon Adams is professor emeritus at American University’s School of International Service. He helped oversee the defense budget during the Clinton administration, and he's co-editor of “Mission Creep: The Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy?”


  • Listen 04:12

    Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel discusses the pressures on the U.S. military, including multiple long engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Listen 19:30

    Hagel states his case for why it's important the United States remain the most powerful military in the world.

  • Listen 21: 57

    Hagel discusses the threats of hacking and cyberwarfare from China, Russia, North Korea, and non-state actors such as ISIS.

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