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Venable partner and retired Navy Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett was quoted in a September 4, 2014 FedScoop article on military modernization. The Defense Department recently announced it is launching a long-range research and development project to ensure the military can maintain its technological edge over a variety of potential adversaries.

According to Admiral Barnett, the issue of “re-tooling with challenges in your face” has always been a challenge for the military. “More importantly, the so-called peace dividend that some may have expected after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that would have allowed for much-needed recovery, repair and modernization efforts no longer seems likely ,” he said.

“The fact of the matter is [significant modernization] is probably not possible,” added Admiral Barnett. “The world situation has changed radically. The post-war period we were expecting has not really materialized.”