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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Krepinevich recommends military think (and buy) strategically

My latest edition of Foreign Affairs magazine came last week and I'm finally making some progress on reading.

This morning I finished Andrew Krepinevich Jr.'s article, "The Pentagon's Wasting Assets: The Eroding Foundation of American Power."

Those that agree with Defense Secretary Robert Gate's recent recommendations to cut expensive weapons systems and programs, would appreciate the article as the author suggests many American military capabilities are useless against irregular warfare and capabilities being developed by other countries.

Krepinevich recommends that programs like the Army's Future Combat System and short-range strike aircraft (I can only guess that he's referring to the F-22 or other fighter aircraft) need to be cut in favor of longer-range systems like the next generation bomber and the Navy's long-range unmanned strike system.

The Pentagon canceled the FCS program last week and when Gates was at Maxwell AFB in April, recommended ending the F-22 program in favor of the F-35. But, the F-22 is proving to be a sticking point so we'll see if Gates is able to reform military acquisitions and spending and reshape the strategies for the future as he'd like to and as Krepinevich encourages.

Krepinevich is the president of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and the author of Seven Deadly Scenarios. You can read the article here. Subscribers can read the entire text, but non-subscribers will only be able to read a portion of it.

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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