Increased recruing and extension bonuses and adversing for acve and reserve components.
Studies, coordinang groups, and increased budgets for beer cross-agency collaboraon onirregular challenges.
Greater public diplomacy outreach.
Expanded manpower via contract outsourcing forSOF in indirect GWOT operaons.
Connued funding for joint experimentaon atJFCOM and within the military services.If there is a succinct way of characterizing the currentthrust of planning for the next ve years, it’s this: “Focuson restoring U.S. ground forces to their pre-9/11 statuswith aenon to operaons in CENTCOM, enhanceSOF GWOT capabilies, outsource as many otherirregular challenge capabilies as possible, and use theNavy and Air Force as the primary hedge against otherconngencies.”This is a consensus, near term-focused strategy --probably good for the next year or so, and certainlyconsistent with the incremental-change approach of the Cold War. We know how to do this and havethe bureaucracies and processes to do it.Its aw is twofold: It will not maintain the rate of transformaon that the 21
century demands, andit does not recognize the fundamental change in the acve-reserve component relaonship, nor takeadvantage of it. Its reliance on outsourcing military funcons carries longer-term polical, cost, andchange-rate implicaons that are not benecial. It is not driven by a vision of the kind of military weshould have beyond 2009 and sets a course that will complicate and delay the changes we will needdown the line.
A Fore for 2010 and Beyond
We should build a force for 2010 and beyond that:
Accelerates transformaon rates across the military services
Increases homeland security and stabilizaon capabilies abroad
Improves joint military quick-response expedionary capabilies
Maintains an adequate capability to conduct sustained convenonal combat and globalpresence operaons in a naonal security strategy of global collaboraon and deterrence withEurope, Russia, China, Japan, and India for the new commons (the seas, air above the seas,space, and cyberspace)
Its reliance on outsourcing
military funcons carrieslonger-term polical, cost, andchange-rate implicaons thatare not benecial. It is notdriven by a vision... and sets acourse that will complicate anddelay the changes we will needdown the line.