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graham67 Donating Member (732 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-03-03 09:22 AM
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3. From what I understand....
(I'm no military expert)

The US military had been geared towards European wars, specifically for the Russian threat. When the Cold War was over the structure became obsolete. The idea was to make it a smaller, lighter, more mobile army in order to engage in conflicts of the present time. Donald Rumsfeld is a huge proponent of the light, fast, hard-hitting new army. The present day Army was brilliant, because you can see how fast they wiped out Iraq. But they aren't equipped for large-scale peacekeeping missions (Armies destroy things, they don't build!) and that's the problem we're seeing now. There are experts who argue that the troops size could be doubled in Iraq and the results would be the same.

This is the information I've picked up along the way...
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  -Us And What Army? Plaid Adder  Sep-03-03 09:06 AM   #0 
  - You expect them to spend money on PEOPLE?  JHB   Sep-03-03 09:08 AM   #1 
  - Article read on C-Span WJ this a.m.  Starpass   Sep-03-03 09:16 AM   #2 
  - From what I understand....  graham67   Sep-03-03 09:22 AM   #3 
  - A bigger army in terms of personel means a greater possibility  bezdomny   Sep-03-03 09:23 AM   #4 
  - Shift In Technology  LoneStarLiberal   Sep-03-03 09:32 AM   #5 
  - In true corporate form...  2cents   Sep-03-03 09:54 AM   #6 
  - Is this true? Do you have a source?  Brian Sweat   Sep-03-03 12:16 PM   #12 
  - Defense contractors don't make much on troops  htuttle   Sep-03-03 09:54 AM   #7 
  - because its a big game of men and their toys  pansypoo53219   Sep-03-03 09:58 AM   #8 
  - failed and/or inconsistent strategies  PATRICK   Sep-03-03 10:45 AM   #9 
  - The answer is...  Grins   Sep-03-03 11:34 AM   #10 
  - you nailed it with "profit margins"  Cocoa   Sep-03-03 11:42 AM   #11 

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