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Bacevich and some friends: Time for a commission to assess the post-9/11 wars

Andrew Bacevich, one of the more interesting thinkers around, has a good piece with some other cats proposing a independent, non-partisan commission “to evaluate the military experience of the past decade.” They call for an examination of five particular aspects: The design of U.S. combat forces, the U. S. global military footprint, the national security ...

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Andrew Bacevich, one of the more interesting thinkers around, has a good piece with some other cats proposing a independent, non-partisan commission “to evaluate the military experience of the past decade.” They call for an examination of five particular aspects: The design of U.S. combat forces, the U. S. global military footprint, the national security apparatus, the civil-military gap and how top jobs have been filled.

This strikes me as a worthwhile proposal.

Meanwhile, I finally caught up with Professor Bacevich’s essay on Albert Wohlstetter, which contains this memorable two-cushion shot in reference to the revolution in military affairs, or RMA:

Joint Vision 2010 stands in relation to the RMA as Tom Friedman’s The Lexus and the Olive Tree stands in relation to globalization: it is an infomercial-marketing disguised as elucidation.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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