Accession Number:

ADA499931

Title:

Military Review: The Professional Journal of the U.S. Army, July-August 2008

Descriptive Note:

Journal

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMBINED ARMS CENTER FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

128.0

Abstract:

FEATURE Legitimacy and Military Operations See page 61 ... Although over two years have passed since the president wrote these remarks, his words still ring true. While the United States has remained on the offensive, the enemy is not yet defeated. In Iraq alone, the United States has lost over 4,000 servicemen and women, while another divisions worth of personnel have been medically evacuated from that theater of operations. The vast majority were killed, wounded, injured or became sick in the years after major combat operations ended in May 2003. In Afghanistan, coalition casualties are increasing, and Taliban fighters are as numerous as at any time in the past six years. Globally, Al-Qaeda seems as effective as ever in spawning its terrorist ideology. The pace of operations against this threat is straining western nations, none more so than the United States, which continues to do almost all of the heavy lifting. Despite a defense budget that amounts to over 48 percent of total world defense spending, the U.S. military could be ready to break at the seams under the strain. Even with supplemental congressional appropriations, the U.S. Department of Defense DOD will be hard-pressed to sustain current operations, let alone be ready for another regional challenge. If, as so many have claimed, we are only in the early stages of a long war, then we had all better learn some serious lessons, and fast, or in the presidents words, our work will be far from over for years to come.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE