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Rumsfeld Seeks Exit for Bosnia Mission

Friday, 18 May 2001 12:00 AM

He is also considering getting rid of the military's policy of forcing officers to retire when they fail to be promoted on a certain schedule. That policy, known as "up or out," forces out many experienced officers who would otherwise stay in the military but must leave because there are fewer positions at higher ranks.

Rumsfeld is considering these and scores of other ideas in nearly two dozen secretive reviews now being conducted by his office and advisers on nearly every aspect of Pentagon spending and policy.

President Bush is expected to unveil some of these studies in a speech May 25 at the Naval Academy's graduation ceremony in Annapolis, Md.

Informally known as "Rumsfeld's Reviews," these studies are the source of much controversy in the military and on Capitol Hill, where both uniformed officers and lawmakers feel they have been kept largely in the dark about the findings.

Rumsfeld went to Capitol Hill this week for meetings with top lawmakers.

The military is enmeshed in its own review of its programs and weapon systems, which it conducts once every four years. Known as the Quadrennial Defense Review, the services were only recently invited to share their work with the various panels.

One frustrated military official described the process as a "one-way street" - the military gives information to the panels, but little information flows the other way, from the panels or Rumsfeld.

Rumsfeld disputed the putative "secrecy" of his reviews in interviews with both the Post and The New York Times, both published Friday. But in both he made reference to the fact that Capitol Hill and the military will have a chance to debate the work - tacit acknowledgment that their involvement thus far has been less than intense.

"Everyone will have a chance to participate, which they should," he told the Post.

The military's QDR will be completed this fall, and the Rumsfeld's reviews' findings will be folded into that report, in time to affect the year 2003 Pentagon budget, according to the Post.

Rumsfeld told the Post he may ask the services to reconsider the so-called two war strategy - an assumption that the military has to be sized to fight two major wars in different parts of the world at approximately the same time - assumed to be an Iraq and North Korea scenario.

That drives what kinds of equipment the military buys and maintains - heavy tanks, air-to-air fighters and precision munitions - and how it organizes soldiers, pilots and seamen.

The last 10 years, however, has shown that the military is far more likely to face a single war and many smaller conflicts, humanitarian operations and peacekeeping missions - the ongoing no-fly zone enforcement in Iraq, a hot war then a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, and quick responses to natural disasters in the Untied States and elsewhere.

Rumsfeld told the Post he is pushing to withdraw as many as 3,300 U.S. troops from the 6-year old international peacekeeping mission in Bosnia. There are about 5,500 U.S. troops in Bosnia.

"The military job was done three or four years ago" in Bosnia, Rumsfeld said.

The defense secretary is expected to ask Congress next week for a $6 billion supplement for the Pentagon's $296 billion budget this year. He will testify on the $315 billion 2002 budget request in late June.

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