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    ...the politics to do.

    There is a strategic review due out this year.  The public needs to look at that because it will be the first post-Afghanistan strategic review.  What is the real situation that will be shaping what kind of military we need.

    IMO, this is Hagel giving a heads up to the military-industrial complex lobby to get ready and set, and it starts with the grassroots folks.  He's already gotten the National Guard Association and the American Legion going on the troops issue.

    By far the biggest policy issue is the continuation of a very expensive global forward deployment that looks to the rest of the world like a global imperial grab.  And has proved to be extraordinary overreach economically for a single nation.

    Troops numbers are a bogus indicator of strength.  Unless you know the composition of skills in those numbers and the purported enemy or enemies that it is to be arrayed against.

    I smell a DC strategy for business as usual with more austerity on the domestic side of the budget.  It is what I call military Keynesianism--the military (and contractors) as the employers of last resort.

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    by TarheelDem on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 02:32:40 PM PST

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