Running on Empty: Funding our Interstates for National Security

  • Lieutenant Colonel Richard Hawkins

America’s ability to attain its objectives in an environment shifting to a multi-polar reality has never been more complex. Global influence remains ever crucial for executing our foreign policy, engaging crises, maintaining strategic legitimacy and defending our interests. At the core of these abilities, two vital instruments of national power will be of increasing importance: economic resilience and the capability to project military power decisively in the 21st Century strategic environment. Reliance on an infrastructure system in rapid decline, namely our domestic roadways, hampers our competitive edge in both arenas and dramatically reduces navigable options for protecting our interests. To mitigate this growing risk, investment in our highways and funding reform is urgently required to stem the potential for losing relevance in global affairs.