Some of the omissions were interesting....
Back to the Future for DoD
by Dave Duffy
January 6, 2012 - 1:05pm
After reading the Strategic Guidance released yesterday by the President and SECDEF, I was encouraged by it for the most part. While this is not to be confused with a strategy, there is guidance, so that is a good thing. Definitely calls for a leaner military, taking advantage of our technological edge (ironic in that was what Mr Rumsfeld intended as well). It does seem that there is a great desire to return to the pre-9/11 world, except now China is the focus of our efforts vice the Axis of Evil. The Air/Sea Battle concept is prevalent throughout, while not specifically mentioned in the document it is prominently between the lines in multiple places. This emphasis will protect and replenish the Air Force and Navy that have been neglected (in their minds) this last decade. This will come primarily at the expense of the Army, who can expect to go back to the NTC/JRTC pre-9/11 life. USMC will likely refocus as a maritime expeditionary force so as to take advantage of the Asia pivot and Air/Sea Battle concept.