Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on February 17, 2014.
And deciding what not to do may be the hardest thing of all for the American military to do, because foregoing something may feel a bit like failure. But as they say, if it doesn’t make you a bit uneasy, it probably is planning, not strategy.
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 email@example.com.