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Fighting for the future

The future demands a broader, more agile military workforce

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New threats and new technologies are changing the future of conflict. To be ready for an uncertain future, the military needs an open and agile workforce.

Responding to an unprecedented catastrophe

ON March 11, 2011, Japanese military leaders faced an unprecedented triple disaster. It began at about 2:50 p.m. (5:50 a.m. GMT), with one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded occurring just off the coast of northern Japan.1 The earthquake collapsed buildings, severed road and rail lines, and knocked out power and water to large portions of the population. A little over an hour later, the situation worsened. The earthquake had generated a massive tsunami that now swept up to 10 kilometers inland, literally sweeping away everything in its path. Among the structures in that path were the four reactor buildings at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant. Without electricity, and with its backup systems now knocked out by the tsunami, the reactors quickly overheated, ultimately releasing radioactive contaminants into the air and sea.

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