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U.S. Military Strategy and Force Posture for the 21st Century

by Jerry M. Sollinger

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Abstract

This research brief describes work documented in U.S. Military Strategy and Force Posture for the 21st Century: Capabilities and Requirements (MR-328-JS).

Excerpt: The collapse of the Soviet Union forced the United States to redesign its military strategy for the first time in decades. It responded by developing the so-called Regional Strategy. The Regional Strategy has as its hallmarks a commitment to continuing alliances, maintenance of a forward presence, and a focus on regional rather than global conflicts. It posits a need to fight two nearly simultaneous major regional contingencies (MRCs) and designs a Base Force to provide that capability. The process of designing a military strategy is particularly difficult today because of the enormous international and domestic changes under way.

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