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    US military strategy to focus on 'multiple wars'

    US military strategy to focus on 'multiple wars'


    Robert Gates is set to unveil his defence budget and strategy

    The US military must shift its focus to fighting a wide range of threats - from cyber attacks to terrorism - the Pentagon's 2010 draft strategy says.

    The quadrennial defence review - set to be unveiled in Washington - revises the previous objective of being equipped to fight two major conflicts at any time.

    The strategy accounts for threats such as cyber attacks, global warming and "hybrid" guerrilla-style insurgencies.

    It comes on the same day that the US defence secretary unveils his budget.

    Robert Gates' proposed 2011 spending plan comes to more than $700bn (440bn), a modest 2% increase, the draft documents show.

    But it avoids the sweeping cuts to major weapons programmes seen in last year's budget.

    New threats

    The Pentagon is mandated by Congress to review America's defence priorities every four years.
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    Jonathan Beale, BBC News

    The 2010 Quadrennial Defence Review will show the continuing evolution of military thinking - away from conventional warfare to the increased threat from non-state actors, like al-Qaeda.

    China is still seen as a problem - but the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have forced the US military to focus on the actual enemy, more than potential threats. That will be reflected in defence spending.

    More money will be spent on special forces helicopters and drones or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) - the equipment the army needs now, rather than what it might need in 20 years time.

    Robert Gates is lucky - while President Barack Obama is putting the squeeze on public spending, defence will be one of the few areas of government that will receive more money.

    According to the draft 2010 quadrennial defence review: "It is no longer appropriate to speak of 'major regional conflicts' as the sole or even the primary template for sizing, shaping and evaluating US forces."

    It highlights "a multiplicity of threats", including satellite and cyber attacks, as well as terrorist groups and the prospect of more nuclear-armed nations.

    But it says the military's top priority is to "prevail in today's wars", citing the need to "dismantle terrorist networks" in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    The plan allocates new funding for helicopters, unmanned planes and special operations units, which have played a key role in both conflicts.

    It outlines a joint Air Force-Navy battle plan to counter the threats from nations such as China, Iran and North Korea, citing their increasingly sophisticated aerial defence and strike systems.

    The report says Mr Gates will also seek to overhaul the military's acquisitions system so the US can get key supplies quickly to its own bases and those of its partners around the world.

    The review for the first time identifies global warming as a potential trigger of instability or conflict around the world.


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    Why don't they focus on "No War" ?

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    Too bad their isn't a Department of Peace in the US government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perota View Post
    Why don't they focus on "No War" ?
    THEY HAVE TO MANY PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE WAARS IN THE WORLD IRAK AND AFGHANISTAN

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    Quote Originally Posted by BugginOut View Post
    Too bad their isn't a Department of Peace in the US government.
    The Department of Defense deemed them a threat and had them topped...

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    The 2010 Quadrennial Defence Review will show the continuing evolution of military thinking - away from conventional warfare to the increased threat from non-state actors, like al-Qaeda.
    I watched a doco recently that put forward the interesting thesis that al-Qaeda was effectively an invention of the US, an enemy of convenience.

    Distinct of course from Bin Laden and Co. who did/do exist, but the notion of some shadowy and vast terror network was an exaggeration by the neo-cons that turned into a lie even they started believing. Of course it also benefited Bin Laden & Co. to be seen as some global organisation even though the reality was starkly different.

    I mention this now because of the reference in the article. Seems that they're still intent on throwing large sums of money into defeating a shadowy 'enemy' that exists for the most part in the fervoured imaginations of those that it most directly benefits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perota View Post
    Why don't they focus on "No War" ?
    War & Militarism. Big BIG business. The bane of the economic existence.

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    I want to punch these warmongering c***s in the head, MANY TIMES.

    But then I would be no better than them.

    Billions wasted on bollocks, while I watch my country slide into economic oblivion...

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    The good ole usa You couldn't make this shit up

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    Check this out, this isn't the sanitized, edited version of MLK that is peddled by today's media.


    or, full transcipt here



    A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life's roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin
    Big BIG business
    1.5 trillion per year worldwide. A mere $225 for every man, woman and child on the earth. Not much when compared to the $680 per person spent for health care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson
    Distinct of course from Bin Laden and Co. who did/do exist, but the notion of some shadowy and vast terror network was an exaggeration by the neo-cons that turned into a lie even they started believing. Of course it also benefited Bin Laden & Co. to be seen as some global organisation even though the reality was starkly different.
    it's a perfect symbiose where the enemy have common interests,

    Bush, NeoCons and friends have made Osama a household name,

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    The US military says "lets kill em all".


    Yeee haaa!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog View Post
    The US military says "lets kill em all".


    Yeee haaa!!!
    " MANIFEST DESTINY, BABY!!!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    Not much when compared to the $680 per person spent for health care.
    Misspent, I think you mean.

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