September 29, 2011

DOD Aims To Boost Investment In Capabilities For Major-Power War

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has signed classified guidance advocating increased investment in military capabilities designed for high-end war among major powers, according to sources familiar with the document.

The Pentagon is "not walking away" from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, fought largely by soldiers and Marines trained in counterinsurgency operations, but the discussion of potential threats in Panetta's Aug. 29 Defense Planning Guidance (DPG) signals a "new seriousness about major-power war," which could trigger a "flowering of air and naval power," said a former service official familiar with the guidance. 

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