Real Change or Retrenchment?

Douglas V. Johnson II has an interesting op-ed in this month’s newsletter published by the US Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute. Johnson discusses the probability (and desirability) of whether the US military will retain the current focus on counterinsurgency operations or will revert to the pre-9/11 focus on conventional warfare against major opponents.

(Bear in mind the op-ed was written before the Russian incursion into Georgia — advocates of preparing for wars against near-peer powers have seen their stock soar in recent days)

Read the op-ed (a small PDF, it opens quickly) at


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