The previously hyped comprehensive review in which we would radically transform the military will instead report that no major changes are necessary:
A comprehensive military strategy review once billed as Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s architecture for revamping the armed forces eliminates no major weapon systems and calls for only incremental change in other priorities, according to Pentagon officials, outside advisers and independent analysts.
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld went over notes Wednesday before a news briefing on a comprehensive military strategy review.
The plan, which is due to be made public next week along with the Bush administration’s fiscal 2007 budget, does contain some significant shifts like calls for training thousands of additional special operations troops and for building futuristic weapons to defeat terror groups and potential new adversaries like China.
But initial hopes by Defense Department civilians to use the yearlong reassessment, which takes place every four years, to force far-reaching changes in spending priorities have not materialized, in part, analysts said, because of resistance by the military services.
The age old saga continues- bold new ideas meet service fiefdoms, entrenched bureaucracies, and institutional inertia, and the outcome is the same every time. This is why I never really believed (and still don’t) that Bolton would be able to transform the UN– entrenched bureaucracies eat dynamic folks.