Posts Tagged ‘Defense Policy’

Gates Pledges “Active” Role as Obama Defense Secretary

December 13, 2008

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Tuesday that he had no intention of being a “caretaker” at the Pentagon and that he agreed with what he termed President-elect Barack Obama’s “responsible drawdown” plan for American combat troops from Iraq.

The defense secretary did not explicitly endorse Mr. Obama’s campaign pledge to withdraw all combat troops within 16 months.

Instead, Mr. Gates said he supported the broad outlines of Mr. Obama’s Iraq strategy and gave indications that he and the president-elect could reach common ground on troop withdrawals over the next year.

Read the full article at NYT

Key Obama Aides Discuss DOD Procurement, Policy Challenges

December 13, 2008

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Recent essays by Michèle Flournoy, who co-chairs the incoming Obama administration’s Pentagon transition team, and Robert Gates, who will continue to lead the Defense Department for President-elect Barack Obama, shed light on the procurement and policy challenges awaiting DOD.
Read the full report at www.InsideDefense.com 

 

Obama’s National Security Strategy

December 13, 2008

 

While no one has said developing a new national security strategy will be as easy as one, two, three, a key member of President-elect Barack Obama’s camp recently recommended a trio of steps toward that end, reports Inside Defense (paid subscription required)

When Will Obama Reveal National Security Strategy?

December 12, 2008
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Pentagon observers disagree on how soon President-elect Barack Obama’s team will develop its new national security strategy and whether his administration will have time to conduct a new, sweeping national security review before completing the Pentagon’s 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, reports Inside Defense.

By law, Obama is required to submit a comprehensive national security strategy report within 150 days of taking office. A Defense Department briefing slide reviewed by Inside the Pentagon suggests the new team might develop high-level planning guidance next spring, followed by a new national security strategy next summer. In early 2010, the Obama team’s first QDR report would be issued, along with a National Defense Strategy and National Military Strategy, according to the slide.

Full report at Inside Defense (paid subscription required)

Irregular and Regular Warfare Equally Vital to US Military

December 5, 2008
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The Pentagon this week approved a major policy directive that elevates the military’s mission of “irregular warfare” — the increasingly prevalent campaigns to battle insurgents and terrorists, often with foreign partners and sometimes clandestinely — to an equal footing with traditional combat.

The directive, signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England on Monday, requires the Pentagon to step up its capabilities across the board to fight unconventionally, such as by working with foreign security forces, surrogates and indigenous resistance movements to shore up fragile states, extend the reach of U.S. forces into denied areas or battle hostile regimes.

The policy, a result of more than a year of debate in the defense establishment, is part of a broader overhaul of the U.S. military‘s role as the threat of large-scale combat against other nations’ armies has waned and new dangers have arisen from shadowy non-state actors, such as terrorists that target civilian populations.

“The U.S. has considerable overmatch in traditional capabilities . . . and more and more adversaries have realized it’s better to take us on in an asymmetric fashion,” said Michael G. Vickers, assistant secretary of defense for special operations/low-intensity conflict and interdependent capabilities, and a chief architect of the policy.

Designed to institutionalize lessons the U.S. military has learned — often painfully — in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001, the policy aims to prepare the military for the most likely future conflicts and to prevent the type of mistakes made in the post-Vietnam War era, when hard-won skills in counterinsurgency atrophied.

Read the full WP article

Jones Worries about Underfunding Military Engagement Activities

November 24, 2008
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The new administration must ensure U.S. combatant commanders receive adequate resources to support essential, global engagement activities that have faced budget challenges in wartime, retired Marine Gen. James Jones tells Inside the Pentagon. 

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November 21, 2008

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Retired US Army General Barry McCaffrey is providing professional advice to the Obama transition team. Two vital points he’s made:

The most pressing contribution for the incoming Obama administration is not ending the Iraq war or planning a way ahead for combat in Afghanistan, but creating a military that is “appropriate” for the next two decades. And

The greatest contribution that the Obama administration can make in the defense arena is engaging in open debate about a long-term national defense strategy which should include modernizing a “falling apart” Navy to conduct nuclear deterrence in the Pacific.

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Greater EU-NATO Military Cooperation Needed

November 13, 2008
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NATO and the European Union need to overcome their political differences and increase cooperation on military matters, according to officials from both organizations.

Both the trans-Atlantic alliance and the EU are in a transition phase in regard to security matters: NATO is debating whether to expand eastward, and in Afghanistan it is embroiled in one of its most difficult military operations to date. The 27-member EU in recent years welcomed in new member states and is debating how its European Security and Defense Policy should look in the future.

Read more at UPI

Real Change or Retrenchment?

August 20, 2008

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

http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pdffiles/pub885.pdf

Defense Secretary Gates Says: “Diplomacy to the Front”

July 17, 2008

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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warns against the risk of a “creeping militarization” of U.S. foreign policy, saying the State Department should lead U.S. engagement with other countries, with the military playing a supporting role.

“We cannot kill or capture our way to victory” in the long-term campaign against terrorism, Gates said, arguing that military action should be subordinate to political and economic efforts to undermine extremism.

The list of newly-selected army brigadier generals reflects this view — it is heavily populated by officers skilled in civil-military affairs and special operations, reports the Washington Post.