Skip to comments.Pentagon abandons two-war doctrine
Posted on 02/02/2010 12:17:07 PM PST by Schnucki
The US is to abandon its doctrine of always being ready to fight two simultaneous conventional wars.
Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, said instead the Pentagon will shift its focus to a broader range of challenges including terrorism and cyber-security.
In a sweeping review of US military strategy, he said the Pentagon must prepare for an "uncertain security landscape" where extremists or "non-state actors" sought missile technology or weapons of mass destruction.
Warning that US military power faced new limits and constraints, he said that weaponry, tactics and enemies had overtaken the "familiar contingencies that dominated US planning after the Cold War".
"We have learned through painful experience that the wars we fight are seldom the wars that we planned," said Mr Gates, as he presented the Pentagon's Quadrennial Defence Review and the 2011 budget plan to the Senate armed services committee.
"As a result, the United States needs a broad portfolio of military capabilities, with maximum versatility, across the widest possible spectrum of conflict."
Calling for more investment in aerial drones, helicopters and special operations forces, which have proved vital in the Afghan war, he said the military should focus on winning current conflicts, not putative future ones.
The Obama administration is seeking $741 billion (£463 billion) in defence spending for 2011, including £120 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"We have, in a sober and clear-eyed way, assessed risk, set priorities, made trade-offs and identified requirements based on plausible real-world threats, scenarios and potential adversaries," said Mr Gates, making his boldest call yet for reform of a military force that dwarfs the rest of the world's.
Challenges looming on the horizon ranged from "the use of sophisticated new technologies to deny our forces access to the global commons of sea, air, space and cyberspace to
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We are so screwed...
china off the spy list
homosexuals to serve openly
and now this and they are trying to tell us that they are a friend of the military
what utter crap, they are seeking to destroy a find institution which they hate as it stands for morals and tradition
Too many resources being wasted flying Nancy Pelosi and Barak Obamski all over the world to address climate change /s
Now this administration goes to work on taking down the military...scary times...scary scary times.
Instead, they’re going to celebrate Gay Pride month.
Sic transit gloria Republica
A whole new definition of the title: “Rainbow Division”.
Gates sure is a woosey. Not surprised, just a reconfirmed observation.
One year. It only took one year.
"...through painful experince... " ?
That's funny, cause I could have sworn that we had learned that from Scipio or Sun Tzu.
"Man in unique in his ability to learn from the mistakes of others, and in his unwillingness to do so." - Douglas Adams
After decades of our military planning to comfortably win two regional wars simultaneously, Obama has a new plan: Obama’s military will be designed to dramatically lose even one regional war.
Hrm... so I think I see our strategy. Prepare for and invest in systems for two large conventional wars at the same time anywhere in the World (read ME and E.Asia). Then fight two counterinsurgencies and only begin planning those a year or two INTO the conflicts.
Announce you will prepare for and invest in systems to protect against asymmetric threats like cyber-warfare and abandon the need to fight multiple conventional wars (’f22 was too expensive people!’). Then wait for Venezuela to attack Columbia, Russia to finish taking over Georgia and attack Ukraine, China to take Taiwan, and North Korea invade South Korea. At least we’ll have openly gay soldiers at the treaty signing right?
It willnfall upon the next Republican Prez to rebuild the military. Again.
Who is Robert Gates trying to emulate - Harold Brown?
Little confused here, we are going to drop our two-war strategy while we’re engaged in two wars? Seems reasonable and well thought out. Pretty sure Iran likes what Gates is selling.
US military will now strive to be the best in the world as meals on wheels.
So what do we do with a so-called president that lies to get elected then bankrupts the country. Any need to point out what happens when you allow too much power to be concentrated in the federal government?
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Started with Lincoln ... “One war at a time.” Guess Obama will finish the job.
Maybe the reason we haven't fought the wars we planned for was our potential adversaries knew we were ready to fight and when them, so they knew better than to start them.
Strength can be the greatest deterrence and thus the best peace keeper.
This might need some further research.
If, by "Two Wars" they mean two Conventional, all-out, Atlantic/Pacific WWII-style major fronts ..... I gotta say, that I'd doubt we would've been able to that since the 80s.
If, by "Two Wars" they mean two medium-sized Iran and Afghanistan -type conflicts.... that's been a significant drain on our military. Only way that the full-time military has been able to handle it, is by heavily leaning on the Guard.
So, maybe this is a good thing. Better to call the military preparedness level what it *really* is, rather than what the paper-pushers in DC think it represents.
Please note, I mean no disrespect to the current military. I have absolute confidence in their ability to handle whatever is thrown at them, by outside forces, and our own misdirected government bureaucrats. :-) However, regardless of my personal opinion, it's still impossible for even the best military personnel to be in multiple places at the same time. Of late, the gov't (Clinton was great at this, Bush almost as good, dunno about BO yet) likes to chop funding, and simultaneously spread the military as thin as humanly possible, IMHO. Maybe a better definition of capabilities is in order.
After Obama is done destroying the economic base that made our military possible, we won’t even be able to afford to buy our guys boots. So if you are asking what my strategy is it’s this. Cut taxes, destroy regulation, get the government the hell out of the way and we can be productive again. No more EPA throwing up obstacles to manufacturing and destroying our ability to compete in the market. Get rid of Social Security (Ive paid in my whole life and don’t want the stupid check anyway and I’m 40 ). Get rid of the TSA and just don’t let those bastards into the country. Get rid of Medicare. All the sudden with the horrendous drag on the economy imposed by the public sector gone we can send a man to the moon again, fight two major wars at once, while kicking the Muhammadans ass. That’s my strategy.
It's been SOP for the last 7 years.
The two war doctrine is a Cold War anachronism that required re-engineering.
Courses in Chinese or Russian recommended.
The point of being able to fight two wars is that, if you can’t, then you can never fight one war, because as soon as you start the one war, your enemies know they can launch another war and you can’t do a damn thing about it.
Oh DARN! I was so looking forward to that Haggis!
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