The strategy recognizes that the application of military power versus traditional state threats is far different than military power against non-state actors. It also posits that the most likely scenario is prolonged campaigns rather than short, intense battles.The COIN Mafia has taken over the Pentagon.
The strategy also states that as a “hedge against unpredictability with reduced resources we may have to adjust our global posture.”
According to the strategy document, the U.S. military also must be ready to counter “revisionist states” such as Russia that are challenging international norms as well as violent extremist organizations such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
“We are working with allies to deter, deny and -- when necessary -- defeat potential state adversaries,” the document says. But at the same time, the U.S. military is building and leading an extensive network to take on ISIL.
Reading between the lines we're looking at MULTI-generational war in the Middle East.
I actually want to puke. This is sickening. Our military leadership is setting the country up for continuous warfare.....
But the most stunning thing about this is that it basically treats China as a buddy, ignores the fact that they're planning for the type of combat that the Pentagon sees as unlikely (short sharp campaigns) and are building a military designed to defeat us as we were (much stronger---more balanced)...not as we are (weaker and optimized for COIN).
If I was a Chinese General I'd be laughing in glee. They will achieve all objectives with very little interference. The time for them to strike will be in the next 5 years. They're almost guaranteed victory with the current strategy.