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Pentagon Ready To End Two-War Strategy

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posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 09:09 AM
About time.

Now these are just proposals. But if the rest of the nation is taking big hits in spending, the military needs to also.

The review sets forth potentially big changes in U.S. strategy, including, the official said, removing up to 4,000 troops from Europe and downsizing the overall ground forces even further. The 2012 budget request already called for cuts of 27,000 soldiers and 20,000 Marines in the next four years, and those numbers could increase.
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Currently, the Pentagon is committed to nearly half a trillion dollars in cuts over the next decade and could be on the hook for another half trillion dollars if Congress does not find a way around automatic cuts that enacted after the failure to reach an agreement on the federal budget.
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Half a trillion dollars is an insane amount of spending.

So what is the Pentagon budget? 6 Trillion dollars over the next decade.

Is it because all of this can be replaced by technology?

Will this make the US more vulnerable?

How does this affect military strategy?
My first thought was, other then Afghanistan and Iraq, how often do you need a two war strategy?

I came across this blog makes some interesting points:

The ability to wage and win two MRCs – major regional contingencies, in Pentagon-speak — at the same time has long been a fiction that has been in the interest of the Pentagon and its contractors to maintain. It acts as a floor on just how much of a military we need to buy; if we need X to wage and win one war, it sounds logical that we need double that – 2X – to prevail in two places.
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But then:

Former defense secretary and CIA chief James Schlesinger – who served in both Democratic and Republican administrations – declared the two-MRC capability a fable a decade ago, before 10 years of war ground down the U.S. military. “We don’t have the capability of two MRCs today,” he said in January 2001. “We are short in intelligence. We are short in communications…We really don’t have the capability for two MRCs.”

So is Iran and Afghanistan considered a two war strategy?

How about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? These don’t really count, Mr. Harrison says. That’s because the Pentagon never actually had to fight them in earnest at the same time. The surge in Iraq peaked in 2008 then started declining. In Afghanistan, US troop levels reached their maximum in 2011


posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 09:19 AM
Why they are finallly retreating? Well then bravo to those who proposed this idea. But the question is what about the Neocons and the military industrail complex? how will they react to this?

posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 09:51 AM
Marvel at obongo the master strategist reducing the number of troops right before WW3. With leaders like that who needs enemies ??

posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 10:35 AM
The Two War Strategy died long ago.

BRAC 2005 eliminated much of the military to merge operations into a few "Super-Bases" with decreased capability to save money. ""Joint-Basing"".

What's the saying about putting all your eggs in one hat?

Not a good military tactic. But the Age of Oil is just about over. We've about sucked this planet dry. Pray there aren't any repercussions for sucking all that oil from the Earth.

History books will show the human species wasted most of the Earth's oil with massive militaries and arsenals powerful enough to kill all life on 12 planet Earth's. (chemical weapons-biological/nuclear, space/directed energy weapons, and conventional ordinance/missiles)

posted on Jan, 5 2012 @ 12:23 PM
Obama is paving the road to a new style of warfare and military actions conducted under the cloak of UN command. We saw the Beta test in Libya. Smaller and weaker nations will be singled out in this manner in order to protect the citizenry of those nations. Its called the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine and its in full swing. Stay tuned for further action in Syria.

Small strikes, increased drone attacks and a drastic increase in Special Forces Deployments to guide these humanitarian operations from the ground.

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