American Enterprise Institute

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is a private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics and social welfare. AEI’s purpose is to serve leaders and the public through research and education on the most important issues of the day. AEI research is conducted through seven primary research divisions: Economics, Foreign and Defense Policy, Politics and Public Opinion, Education, Health, Energy and the Environment and Society and Culture.

"As the US military’s primary tool for addressing conflict 'outside of war,' SOF are at particular risk for misuse if current operational models are used as a guide."

"Al Qaeda and the Islamic State are no longer on the run in the Middle East and represent an increasingly serious threat to the United States."

“In capacity, capability, and readiness, the US military is currently performing a juggling act that could come crashing down in the event of a significant contingency.”