The Future of Forward Presence
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The world has changed drastically in the past eighteen months. The United States won the Cold War and embarked on a hot one in the Middle East. National military strategy has been turned upside down by the rush of world events - the fall of the Berlin Wall and the public perception of a much reduced Soviet threat to Europe and NATO, the apparent dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, the near economic collapse of the Soviet Union, and a strong reminder of how regional instabilities can threaten world peace and American interests by Iraqs annexation of Kuwait and the subsequent Desert Storm. The National Security Strategy of the United States states that forward presence has been and will continue to be a critical element of our defense posture into foreseeable future. The current forms of forward presence are surveyed in this study, and thoughts on the future structure of forward presence in a rapidly changing world are offered.
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