4 April 2015

US military force sizing for both war and peace

March 10, 2015

The Pentagon employs a force-sizing construct to define the upper limits of what the military is able to do. Although the capability to fight two major, near-simultaneous wars has served as a traditional force-sizing construct and benchmark for America’s superpower status, this standard has been watered down in recent years and proved insufficient over the last decade. 

Fighting and winning the nation’s wars is only one mission of America’s military. Daily, the US military is active in maintaining a regular presence, reassuring allies, and deterring potential aggressors. These peacetime activities are the most effective use of military power. re F/A-18 jets taking off from the USS Carl Vinson, which recently replaced the USS George H. W. Bush as America’s carrier on duty in the Persian Gulf.

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