Transformation is about creating an adaptive national security apparatus that can deal with changing circumstances and emerging threats. Organizational changes—like creation of the new Department of Homeland Security—will help, but the real challenge is to capture hearts and minds.
Several years ago, a few military writers and observers began to promote the idea that warfare was entering a time of startling change—a revolution in military affairs. Warnings went out that the U.S. military must change or die as adversaries looked for weaknesses in the world's most powerful and successful military. It was not until President George W. Bush embraced the need for transforming the military, however, that most of the national security community began to take notice.