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Pentagon to Abandon Two-War Strategy

Monday, 07 May 2001 12:00 AM

The newspaper said Rumsfeld is scheduled to meet with President Bush this week to seek final approval for the new U.S. strategy, which appears to involve some of the biggest changes in the U.S. military in a decade.

Defense officials were guarded about describing what will replace the two-war yardstick. One of those involved in the strategy discussion said that the military should instead make sure it has capabilities to deal with a fast-changing world.

The Post quoted a Pentagon official as saying the two-week campaign on defense issues will culminate May 25 with an address by Bush at the Naval Academy, which will present "the vision of where we need to go as we move into the 21st century."

Putting aside the "two major war" approach is more a matter of the size of the military than of planning for war.

For about a decade, the military has used the possibility of having to fight wars in two places - Korea and Iraq are the two examples frequently used - to figure out the minimum number of troops, airplanes, ships and gear needed.

Among other things, abandoning the approach will remove a floor that for years has kept the active-duty military at about 1.4 million people, the newspaper said.

Copyright 2001 by United Press International.

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