Stimson in the News

Strategic Agility report cited in The Diplomat

in Program

In
a series of increasingly dire assessments, the U.S. Army all but
declared itself to be on the verge of becoming an impotent fighting
force as a result of budget cuts and sequestration.

At a joint press conference with Army Secretary John McHugh on Monday, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno warned that the
U.S. Army only currently has two combat-ready brigades in the entire
force. According to Odierno, even many of the brigades being sent to
Afghanistan are only equipped for training and advisory missions, not
for combat roles.

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An influential recent report
by the Washington-based Stimson Center argued that the U.S. Army of
450,000 troops would be capable of carrying out manpower-intensive
counterinsurgency and stability operations. The report specifically
argued that troops trained to fight traditional wars should be cut.

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