Shaping the Future: Gates Emphasizes Balance, Preparing for Most Likely Conflict Scenarios

John T. Bennett. Defense News, 3 August 2009.


Barry Posen, director of the security studies program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said “recasting all your forces for these ‘new operations’ isn’t so smart … especially considering no one wants to do another Iraq or Afghanistan.”

Posen sees a new force-planning construct that centers on “one MCO, one endless counterinsurgency operation, and then all the other things [the administration] will want the military to do.” Under such a scenario, Posen said, “you would probably work it so you could ramp up for another MCO, if something popped up.”

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