Can America Maintain the “Qualitative Edge?”

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With Fred Fleitz, Dr. Jaime Suchlicki, Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, Joe Katzman

FRED FLEITZ, Senior Vice President for Policy and Programs at the Center for Security Policy and former CIA analyst:

  • Why the Iranian nuclear “deal” is more akin to a disagreement
  • A rejection of Ben Rhodes’ statements on inspections by Iran’s Supreme Leader
  • How the current framework actually decreases the time necessary for Iranian breakout

Dr. JAIME SUCHLICKI, Director of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami:

  • Implications of Cuba’s sale of heavily-subsidized Venezuelan petroleum on the raw market
  • Disparity in President Obama’s relationships with the Venezuelan Maduro regime and Cuba’s Raúl Castro
  • Reports that Cuba will soon be taken off the list of state sponsors of terrorism, despite its ties to Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas

Dr. PETER VINCENT PRY, Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, and former CIA analyst:

  • Takeaways from the Maryland substation’s power surge that caused blackouts in Washington, D.C.
  • NORAD and Northern Command’s return to EMP-hardened Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado
  • What the 2013 nuclear crisis with North Korea revealed about U.S. missile defense weaknesses
  • Efforts to “island” individual state electric grids

JOE KATZMAN, Principal at C.A.T. Consulting:

  • The “qualitative edge” of American military accomplishments and deterrent capability
  • Moore’s Law and an explanation of procurement costs of weapons technology for the U.S.
  • “Third Offset Policy” of the Pentagon in a world where advanced weapon technology is becoming easier for all to access
  • Increasing dependence on offshore suppliers for U.S. military hardware