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Quote of the other day: End of an era

From the CNAS policypalooza earlier this month: Former Pentagon policy official Jim Thomas, looking at the growing "anti-access" problem, especially in the Western Pacific, said, "We may be entering what may be called the ‘post-power projection’ era." He noted that this means it likely is going to be harder to deploy and operate in traditional ...

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TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images

From the CNAS policypalooza earlier this month: Former Pentagon policy official Jim Thomas, looking at the growing "anti-access" problem, especially in the Western Pacific, said, "We may be entering what may be called the 'post-power projection' era." He noted that this means it likely is going to be harder to deploy and operate in traditional modes. And so we may need to think about a very different force, with lower signatures, smaller footprints, less logistical support, and relying far more on alternative energies.

That's a pretty sweeping order. I suspect Thomas is going to wind up in high places at the Pentagon and/or White House, so the services might want to begin thinking about this sooner rather than later. 

From the CNAS policypalooza earlier this month: Former Pentagon policy official Jim Thomas, looking at the growing "anti-access" problem, especially in the Western Pacific, said, "We may be entering what may be called the ‘post-power projection’ era." He noted that this means it likely is going to be harder to deploy and operate in traditional modes. And so we may need to think about a very different force, with lower signatures, smaller footprints, less logistical support, and relying far more on alternative energies.

That’s a pretty sweeping order. I suspect Thomas is going to wind up in high places at the Pentagon and/or White House, so the services might want to begin thinking about this sooner rather than later. 

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. Twitter: @tomricks1

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