Pentagon Announces Sweeping Defense Review

Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? The government is here to protect us and Bush is doing more to keep everyone safe…right? Well spend a few minutes to read this article and note some very hair-raising key phrases such as “expand psychological warfare”, “significantly more for weapons programs”, “increase special operations forces by 15 percent”, “first time of a Marine Corps commando unit”, and maybe the MOST alarming “troops assigned to psychological warfare and civil affairs units”. Yes you read that right CIVIL AFFAIRS UNITS, which are Marine Corp Commandos. Think I am alarmist? read on to “Now in the fifth year of this global war, the ideas and proposals in this document are provided as a roadmap for change, leading to victory,” said Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld…” Um…5th year of a global war? This should be worrisome to everyone who reads it….

Pentagon Announces Sweeping Defense Review

By LOLITA C. BALDOR
Associated Press Write
As posted here

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon Friday announced plans to significantly increase special operations forces, expand psychological warfare and develop a program to counter biological terrorism as part of a new broadbased military strategy for the 21st century.

The plan comes three days before President Bush sends Congress a 2007 budget that seeks a nearly 5 percent increase in Defense Department spending, to $439.3 billion, with significantly more for weapons programs, according to senior Pentagon officials and documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Under the long-range plan, called the Quadrennial Defense Review, the Pentagon will increase special operations forces by 15 percent, including the establishment for the first time of a Marine Corps commando unit. And there will be a one-third increase – or a jump of 3,700 – in troops assigned to psychological warfare and civil affairs units.

There also will be a new $1.5 billion program to develop medical countermeasures for bioterrorism threats.

The plan will reduce the number of Minuteman III land-based nuclear missiles from 500 to 450, and calls for the conversion of a small number of nuclear missiles aboard Trident submarines to non-nuclear ballistic missiles.

The long-range strategy document, more than a year in the making, outlines broad plans to reshape the military into a more agile fighting force better able to fight terrorism, in what the document calls the Long War, while still preserving the ability to wage large conventional wars. The review, which does not call for the elimination of any of the largest weapons programs, as initially expected, will guide how dollars are spent within the Pentagon budget.

“Now in the fifth year of this global war, the ideas and proposals in this document are provided as a roadmap for change, leading to victory,” said Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, in a letter accompanying the document. This represents the second four-year review that Rumsfeld has led during his tenure heading the department.

As part of the effort to shift the focus of the military toward more non-traditional terrorist enemies, the plan calls for doubling the procurement of unmanned aircraft, particularly for surveillance; calls for the development of a new long-range strike system, as a greater deterrent against future threats and stresses the need to build strong partnerships both with other nations and other U.S. government agencies.

The plan also recommends reducing the number of Navy aircraft carriers from from 12 to 11, a proposal rejected by Congress last year.

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