Monday, January 9, 2012

Obama defense plan would end ability to fight two conventional wars at once

WASHINGTON — Declaring that "the tide of war is receding," President Obama Thursday ordered a shift from the nation's longstanding capability to fight two major conflicts at once.

The new strategy, which critics will surely brand as a retreat, calls for being able to fight one major conventional conflict while conducting numerous unconventional operations elsewhere, such as policing actions, counterterrorism and disaster relief.

Obama praised the military services for its successes, including last year's completion of its mission in Iraq and the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

The Pentagon must, however shed lingering and costly Cold War capabilities to live within new constraints set by Congress to cut debt and budget deficits, he said in remarks at the Pentagon briefing room.

“Even as our forces prevail in today's missions, we have the opportunity — and the responsibility — to look ahead to the force we are going to need for the future," Obama said. Read More