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During his famous Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln said that America is a nation “conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” He proceeded to question whether or not such a nation “can long endure.” The testing ground for such a nation, as he observed, was not in the halls of academia or before the high courts. Rather, Americans prove defend their nation’s existence on the field of battle.

Since the conception of America, the United States military has stood as a line of defense between the American people and those who would see this great land conquered. During World War 2, it was the American military that crumbled the fascist war machines of Europe. Even today in Iraq and Afghanistan, our troops are fighting to rid the world of the disease that is radical militant Islam.

Edmund Burke once said “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” The United States military is our nation’s promise to both ourselves and our neighbors that evil will never triumph.

The men and women who volunteer to stand downrange of enemy fire deserve our prayers.

Featured Member of the Armed Forces for Prayer

Dr. William B. Roper, Jr.Dr. William B. Roper, Jr. Director, Strategic Capabilities Office

William B. Roper, Jr., is a long-term veteran of the Department of Defense. He was formerly a member of the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Dr. Roper is an Oxford-trained physicist who studied string theory before moving to the Defense Department. He also served on the Missile Defense Advisor Committee in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Strategic Capabilities Office is part of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Technology and Logistics.

IN THE NEWS

Criticizing those who criticize the Pentagon on acquisitions, Dr. William Roper said, “You can’t say the acquisition process is broken in one breath and then in the next breath say we have the greatest military on Earth. … A lot of people will just say it’s broken – that’s not actually, I think, what they mean. They mean it’s too slow. The acquisition process…it does work.”

Roper, however, did concede that the current acquisition process is a bit outdated. “We live in a world where we can’t wait 10 years to get a program right ultimately because outside technology, commercial technology, is driving us.” One of his biggest fears is that DoD is no longer driving technological origination – the commercial sector is. Many technologies that affect national security will be developed by and or commercial markets, “which means any military will be able to use them,” he said. The DoD will have to be fast adapters to avoid being left behind, he added.