Dakota Wood, a Marine veteran and senior research fellow for defense programs at the Heritage Foundation, discusses the confusion and doubt permeating the military’s mission in an editorial for The Daily Signal.

“Military organizations, just like people, tend to adapt to changed circumstances, albeit oftentimes in the wake of a dramatic failure. They should never willingly accept that some arrangement of factors is final. Consequently, each service finds ways to adjust to changes in its primary domain of operations, countering new weapons or tactics that rise to frustrate a current way of operating. Why then does doubt creep into a service’s confidence about its purpose or value?”