He served as Secretary of Defense in the George H. Bush administration,
1988-1992. This interview was conducted when he was the Republican vice-presidential candidate in the 2000
election. He is now the U.S. Vice President.
He is Deputy Commander General for Transformation at Ft Lewis, Washington and
is overseeing the creation of the Army's interim brigades. These medium weight
brigades are equipped with light armor and are meant to bridge the gap in
current operational shortfalls while the army designs its "future objective
force." The objective force will take more than a decade to develop and will
incorporate new technologies to make it as mobile as light infantry, but as
lethal as heavy armor. Dubik is a former infantryman, paratrooper and West
He is a former Army captain and a former staff member of the Commission on
National Security, a Congressionally appointed independent committee to examine
national security issues in the 21st century. He has been a defense
policy adviser to the Bush 2000 campaign.
He teaches military history at West Point and is the co-author of While
America Sleeps--Self Delusion, Military Weakness, and the Threat to Peace
Today. He believes the U.S. military is being seriously underfunded and
compares America today to England in the 1930s.
He is vice president of the Council on Foreign Relations and former
assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan administration, 1981-1985.
He is executive director of the non-profit Center for Strategic and Budgetary
Assessments and also served as a member of the National Defense Panel. The
Panel was set up in 1997 by the Secretary of Defense to reevaluate changing
military needs in the new post-Cold War environment.
He is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee. [This interview
was conducted before he became the Democratic vice presidential candidate in
the 2000 election.]
A former Army Lt. Colonel and author of several books on the military, he
initially was a skeptic of General Shinseki's efforts to change the Army. He
is the author of Fighting for the Future: Will America Triumph?
Appointed Army chief of staff in June 1999, he is calling for an Army
transformation that will better prepare it to fight the new 21st
century wars. As part of this effort, he wants to put a brigade combat team
anywhere in the world in 96 hours, a division in 120 hours and five divisions
in 30 days.
An analyst in the Pentagon's Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation, he's
been an outspoken critic of military spending issues dating back to the early
years of the Reagan administration. He authors an email column that is widely
disseminated within and outside the Pentagon. This interview reflects his
personal opinions; he is not speaking as a representative of the U.S.Defense
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