U.S. Needs New Global Military Strategy, Ohio Wesleyan Expert Says

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Sean Kay

Sean Kay

DELAWARE, Ohio – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel needs to work with Washington, D.C., policymakers to create a new military strategy, says Ohio Wesleyan University professor Sean Kay, Ph.D. 

Kay was interviewed about Hagel’s new role by Bloomberg News. For the article, he told writers Gopal Ratnam and Laura Litvan that “instead of letting his tenure as Pentagon chief become a running fight with lawmakers over defense dollars, Hagel should outline a strategy for the U.S. military’s role in the world.

“In the end,” Kay concluded, “America needs a new strategy for defense, and the degree to which Secretary of Defense Hagel can get the bureaucracy and the Congress to buy into that – when so much vested interest lies in the status quo – will be a serious first-year and an ongoing challenge.”

Read the full Bloomberg.com article, “Hagel Arrives Damaged at Pentagon Amid Budget Uncertainty.”

Kay is a politics and government professor and director of international studies at Ohio Wesleyan, a Mershon Associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University, and a fellow in foreign policy and national security at the Eisenhower Institute in Washington, D.C. He also is the author of “Global Security in the Twenty-First Century: The Quest for Power and the Search for Peace (second edition.)”


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities. Ohio Wesleyan offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. OWU combines an internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world practice. Located in Delaware, Ohio, OWU’s 1,850 students represent 41 states and 45 countries. The university is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, and included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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