Special Report: The State of Defense 2014

As President Obama prepares to give his State of the Union speech, Defense One takes a closer look at the nation's military and the state of defense.

In this special report, Defense One examines the 'State of Defense' and looks into the state of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. From Congress to the service branches, senior military leaders are asking lots of questions, but there are few clear answers. The national security community is grappling fundamentally with the purpose of the military, what it should be, when to use force, how often, how big, how lethal, how autonomous, how compensated, how deep.

This is the State of Defense