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 for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.