Military Might

Hillen, John
June 1997
National Review;6/30/1997, Vol. 49 Issue 12, p38
The article comments on the strategic mandate of the U.S. Armed Forces. There are several assumptions concerning the military. One is that the U.S. would continue to be militarily engaged in a wide and taxing set of deployments. Another is that the defense budget would be surpassed at $250 billion or lower for the future. Since the end of the Cold War, U.S. combat units have decreased. From 1991 to 2001, it is expected that Army divisions, Navy ships and Air Force fighter wings will decline. While the dissolution of the Soviet Union allowed the U.S. to minimize its European presence, other commitments of the alliance make their demands. In addition to alliance commitments, treaty obligations and forward basing agreements contribute to the decline in the U.S. force. On top of that, the U.S. had been responding to almost all calls for military action in the past 5 years.


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