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Been There, Done That, Not Over It

January 1, 2007 We tried the Iraq Study Group's prescription already. It failed. The Iraq Study Group's major recommendation regarding the U.S. military commitment in Iraq has been tried before and failed. The group favors an accelerated "Iraqization" of the conflict in which American units are to shift from major combat operations to...

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Lessons Not Learned

January 1, 2007 Produced to answer distress calls from commanders in Iraq, the Army's new counterinsurgency manual fails to map a response to 21st century enemies. After four years of fighting, the world's most technologically advanced and best trained and equipped military has proved incapable of defeating the Iraqi insurgency. Instead, the number...

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Pentagon cited again for weak oversight of Iraq contractors

December 20, 2006 The Pentagon has failed to provide adequate oversight of private companies that support American military operations in Iraq, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Because of a shortage of managers on the front lines to oversee contractor support, there is no accountability or assurance that the...

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Future Combat Vehicle Jam

December 1, 2006 Budget cuts and Stryker's success could further delay new equipment. When lawmakers cut $325 million from the Future Combat Systems program in the 2007 defense budget and demanded the Pentagon supply a mountain of reports and independent cost assessments to justify continuing it, they signaled that the Army's premier modernization...

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The Vision Thing

December 1, 2006 With Rumsfeld out, what's next for remaking the military? Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had a specific vision in mind as he tried to transform the American military into a high-tech 21st-century force. It was taken from Afghanistan, where small teams of American Special Forces rode into battle on horseback, and...

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Tension Builds in Iraq

December 1, 2006 Violence, cash shortages and infighting shut down reconstruction teams. Provisional Reconstruction Teams held the promise of breaking down the stovepipes separating the State Department and the military in Iraq, and taking reconstruction out into the country where it could have real effect on Iraqis' lives. But the program that was...

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Bush announces Rumsfeld resignation

November 8, 2006 Declaring that a "fresh perspective" is needed on the controversial war in Iraq, President Bush announced Wednesday the departure of the war's chief architect, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and that former CIA Director Robert Gates would be nominated to replace him. The move came a day after Democrats won control...

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Air Force seeks to strengthen satellite defense system

November 1, 2006 The Air Force is trying to reestablish the robust defensive system it had to counter Soviet satellites during the Cold War, the service's head of space acquisitions said Tuesday. The effort will entail beefing up the service's ability to accurately track and monitor the position of other satellites in space,...