Sunday, May 25, 2008

More Calls for a Million Man Army

Or million person army. Whatever, lets get it done. Here's Thomas Donnelly and Fred Kagan in the Wall Street Journal:

Unfortunately, the Bush administration's program – to grow the
active Army and Marine Corps from the current 700,000 to about 750,000 in the
next five years – is a Rumsfeld legacy and entirely inadequate. Regardless of
the number of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, we will need a total active land
force of something like one million soldiers and Marines.
The active duty
portion of the U.S. Army needs to grow to about 800,000 soldiers. That's the
size maintained during the 1980s and into the early 1990s, and it is a bare
minimum for success in the many and varied missions that will be required in the
future – missions that have ranged from "building partnership capacity" in West
Africa to tracking down terrorists in Southeast Asia, as well as large-scale
invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan...

Repairing and reshaping the active Army is also key to
restoring the Marine Corps to its traditional and still essential role as a
sea-based contingency force. And it is critical in order to return the Army
National Guard to a proper place as a national strategic reserve, and an
operational force with state responsibilities. The Army is the keystone in the
arch of America's land-force structure.

And how would America pay for this essential new role for her land forces? A simple change in budget applications with a 50%-25%-25% split in the Amy's favor. The Navy could go to an all submarine/gunboat force while the USAF would concentrate on essentials such as close air support, perhaps like the Israeli Air Force, building an all-fighter fleet.