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George Washington’s security strategy

I came across this the other day. Soon after the Revolution ended, George Washington calculated that the Army had four jobs in peacetime.

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I came across this the other day. Soon after the Revolution ended, George Washington calculated that the Army had four jobs in peacetime: “to awe the Indians, protect our [fur] Trade, prevent the encroachment of our Neighbors of Canada and the Florida’s, and guard us at least from surprizes.”

For this he calculated he needed four regiments of infantry and one of artillery, for a total of about 2,600 men.

Image credit: National Museum of American History/Wikimedia Commons

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. @tomricks1

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