Thursday, January 26, 2006
This article refers to an important study by Andrew Krepinevich, who is a former colleague of mine. Andy is a fine analyst and his work has enjoyed a wide and respectful audience in the Pentagon. His earlier work, including a powerful book on the failure of the US in Vietnam, is serious and difficult to dismiss. Architects of failure in Iraq, including Donald Rumsfeld will exert themselves to dismiss this study with flag-waving and banalities. Don't fall for it.Rumsfeld: Army Not 'Broken': "'Soldiers and brigades are being deployed more frequently, and for longer periods, than what the Army believes is appropriate in order to attract and retain the number of soldiers necessary,' Andrew F. Krepinevich, executive director of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, wrote in a November 2005 study for the Pentagon first disclosed Tuesday by the Associated Press. 'It is not clear, even to Army leaders, how long this practice can be sustained.'"