Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Smaller Is Better: A Discussion

U.S. Army soldiers conduct a neighborhood presence patrol in the Qahira neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 11, 2008. The soldiers are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Edwin M. Bridges

From DoD Buzz:

At a recent conference here in Washington, D.C. on future defense strategy, Dakota Wood, a former Marine and one of the big brains over at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, posed some provocative questions about correct force-sizing for the contemporary and future battlefield.

He argued in his presentation, and in a monograph titled The U.S. Marine Corps: Fleet Marine Forces for the 21st Century, that in a future filled with small wars where potential opponents are changing their organizational “building block” away from brigades and battalions to smaller, distributed units, then perhaps the U.S. military should follow suit.

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My Comment: If this is the future of warfare, why are we spending multi-billions on F-22s, carrier task forces, and SDI platforms.


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