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War is Boring: For Future Conflicts, U.S. Military Thinks Small

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

During the Cold War, U.S. military forces operated in big, firepower-heavy formations, designed to fight equally big and powerful Soviet formations -- or what the Pentagon calls "peer" opponents.

Times have changed, but the military hadn't -- until now. In recent months, reformers have successfully fought for sweeping changes to military force structure. The changes are meant to boost the Pentagon's ability to fight in low-intensity, "persistent" conflicts, as opposed to the short, high-intensity major conflicts expected in the recent past. ...

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