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LiberalNation
02-26-2007, 11:04 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070227/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_military_strains;_ylt=AjkOKIUl9t1yOZuwwxQ4sNSs0 NUE

WASHINGTON - Strained by the demands of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is a significant risk that the U.S. military won't be able to quickly and fully respond to yet another crisis, according to a new report to Congress.

The assessment, done by the nation's top military officer, Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, represents a worsening from a year ago, when that risk was rated as moderate.

The report is classified, but on Monday senior defense officials, speaking on condition on anonymity, confirmed the decline in overall military readiness. And a report that accompanied Pace's review concluded that while the Pentagon is working to improve its warfighting abilities, it "may take several years to reduce risk to acceptable levels."

Pace's report comes as the U.S. is increasing its forces in Iraq to quell escalating violence in Baghdad. And top military officials have consistently acknowledged that the repeated and lengthy deployments are straining the Army, Marine Corps and reserve forces and taking a heavy toll on critical warfighting equipment.

The review grades the military's ability to meet the demands of the nation's military strategy which would include fighting the wars as well as being able to respond to any potential outbreaks in places such as North Korea, Iran, Lebanon, Cuba or China.

The latest review by Pace covers the military's status during 2006, but the readiness level has seesawed back and forth during the Iraq war. Officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because the risk levels are classified, said the risk for 2005 was moderate, but it was assessed as significant in 2004.

His assessment was submitted to Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the beginning of this year, and therefore does not reflect the latest move to pour 21,500 more troops into Iraq over the next few months.

Gates delivered Pace's assessment to Congress, along with a six-page report on steps the Pentagon is taking to address the problem including new efforts to increase the size of the Army and Marine Corps, and requests for more money to repair and replace equipment. On Monday, the Pentagon released most of Gates' report, except for a few sections that were classified as secret.

That report concluded that "world events and regional trends add up to increased challenges to our nation's security." And it said the decline in readiness is also affected by whether other federal agencies and other nations are fulfilling their commitments.

There have been long-standing complaints that the State Department has not met its responsibilities in Iraq, particularly in reconstruction and rebuilding efforts, as well as buttressing the political development of the Iraqi government.

In his report, Gates also discussed efforts to repair and replace equipment worn out in combat, beef up recruiting and retention, and make better use of the National Guard and reserve forces. It also details how the Pentagon will use billions of dollars in the proposed budget, including plans to modernize aircraft and weapons, develop better detection and countermeasures for weapons of mass destruction, increase the size of the special operations forces, and boost the nation's missile defense.

manu1959
02-26-2007, 11:09 PM
tell me....how is the air war in iraq going?....airforce at its limits is it?

LiberalNation
02-26-2007, 11:11 PM
You can't run an occupation from the air.

manu1959
02-26-2007, 11:15 PM
You can't run an occupation from the air.

why do you need to occupy? we never occupied japan.

a war can be won from the air.

Gunny
02-26-2007, 11:16 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070227/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_military_strains;_ylt=AjkOKIUl9t1yOZuwwxQ4sNSs0 NUE

WASHINGTON - Strained by the demands of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is a significant risk that the U.S. military won't be able to quickly and fully respond to yet another crisis, according to a new report to Congress.

The assessment, done by the nation's top military officer, Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, represents a worsening from a year ago, when that risk was rated as moderate.

The report is classified, but on Monday senior defense officials, speaking on condition on anonymity, confirmed the decline in overall military readiness. And a report that accompanied Pace's review concluded that while the Pentagon is working to improve its warfighting abilities, it "may take several years to reduce risk to acceptable levels."

Pace's report comes as the U.S. is increasing its forces in Iraq to quell escalating violence in Baghdad. And top military officials have consistently acknowledged that the repeated and lengthy deployments are straining the Army, Marine Corps and reserve forces and taking a heavy toll on critical warfighting equipment.

The review grades the military's ability to meet the demands of the nation's military strategy which would include fighting the wars as well as being able to respond to any potential outbreaks in places such as North Korea, Iran, Lebanon, Cuba or China.

The latest review by Pace covers the military's status during 2006, but the readiness level has seesawed back and forth during the Iraq war. Officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because the risk levels are classified, said the risk for 2005 was moderate, but it was assessed as significant in 2004.

His assessment was submitted to Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the beginning of this year, and therefore does not reflect the latest move to pour 21,500 more troops into Iraq over the next few months.

Gates delivered Pace's assessment to Congress, along with a six-page report on steps the Pentagon is taking to address the problem including new efforts to increase the size of the Army and Marine Corps, and requests for more money to repair and replace equipment. On Monday, the Pentagon released most of Gates' report, except for a few sections that were classified as secret.

That report concluded that "world events and regional trends add up to increased challenges to our nation's security." And it said the decline in readiness is also affected by whether other federal agencies and other nations are fulfilling their commitments.

There have been long-standing complaints that the State Department has not met its responsibilities in Iraq, particularly in reconstruction and rebuilding efforts, as well as buttressing the political development of the Iraqi government.

In his report, Gates also discussed efforts to repair and replace equipment worn out in combat, beef up recruiting and retention, and make better use of the National Guard and reserve forces. It also details how the Pentagon will use billions of dollars in the proposed budget, including plans to modernize aircraft and weapons, develop better detection and countermeasures for weapons of mass destruction, increase the size of the special operations forces, and boost the nation's missile defense.

In other words, it's an unconfirmed report of an alleged classified document, followed by the usual, liberal, "the sky is falling" talking points.

:lame2:

manu1959
02-26-2007, 11:18 PM
In other words, it's an unconfirmed report of an alleged classified document, followed by the usual, liberal, "the sky is falling" talking points.

:lame2:

isn't leaking and publishing classifed information .....i don't know ...a crime?

Gunny
02-26-2007, 11:24 PM
isn't leaking and publishing classifed information .....i don't know ...a crime?

Very much so. Problem is, no effort is really ever made to find out who leaked what info because journalists are allowed to hide behind the Constitution.

5stringJeff
02-27-2007, 10:52 AM
You know, back in the 90's, the US military used to say that it could fight major conflicts in two theaters of war, and no more. Isn't that what we're doing now, with Iraq and Afghanistan? So it doesn't surprise me to hear that we can't extend to a third theater, since we're already engaged in two. There's nothing abnormal about this report.

darin
02-27-2007, 10:56 AM
Further - A 'reduction in readiness' doesn't MEAN anything without context. Say Readiness before war is 95% - whatever that means. Okay, after the unit returns from war they are put back in a pool of forces who aren't able to deploy for a certain amount of time. Their readiness drops to, say, 75%. Big Deal. When they complete the home-station regeneration and fixing stuff, they get back to where they need to be to deploy again.

It's honestly IDIOTS writing a story using numbers and data without Context.