February 1st, 2010
06:13 AM ET
13 years ago

Review shows dramatic shift in Pentagon's thinking

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/01/art.gates.0201.gi.jpg caption="According to Pentagon officials, Defense Secretary Robert Gates will be asking for $708 billion, including funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - $44 billion more the 2010 budget of $664 billion."]Washington (CNN) - The Pentagon will no longer shape the U.S. military to fight two major conventional wars at once, but rather prepare for numerous conflicts and not all in the same style, according to a draft of a new strategic outlook the Pentagon is announcing on Monday.

The new mantra for military planners will replace the almost 25-year-old combat planning style of fighting and winning two major conventional wars in two different locations in favor of a fighting force that is capable of protecting U.S. interests around the world from a range of threats, from terrorism to cyber attacks.

The change will be addressed in the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, a congressionally mandated document that looks at future threats and the military's requirements to mitigate them.

"It is no longer appropriate to speak of major regional conflicts as the sole or even primary template for sizing, shaping or evaluating U.S. forces," according to a draft first obtained by Inside Defense.

The review will come on the same day the Pentagon presents its 2011 budget.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Good riddance to the Bush/Cheney fascist regime and Pentagon.

    February 1, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    As we rapidly move towards WW III, we would hope that US military is preparing for the conflict that will exceed all others.

    February 1, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Brilliant. The two-war model was based on old, industrial age thinking that emerged from WWII and the Cold War. Responding to terrorists, insurgencies, etc. are the likely scenario in the information age.

    February 1, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. Death Assurance Companies

    As long as there are future threats,there are Billions of dollars to be made for certain companies.I guess killing people makes good business sense.

    February 1, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. CNN will never print this

    I know it's been a long time, but how about this...plan to WIN wars....you know like they used to do...example WWII

    February 1, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. Cathy Davis

    I fell it time to move into a new direction with our men and women at war our defense should be the state of the art when the us and our us forces are involved

    February 1, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This may seem odd to republicans, but paying for stuff as we go is the way government should work.

    February 1, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    In light of the fact that there are, really, no more conventional wars to fight, this is probably a pretty good move... It would have been better if this change had happened under the PREVIOUS Commander In Chief.

    February 1, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Hugo

    Here is a thought, let them take off the gloves and fight terrorists to WIN a war instead of being bogged down as policemen in military uniforms.

    February 1, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |

    END the WARS

    War IS NOT Pro-Life

    February 1, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |