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New Pentagon Plan Cuts Traditional Forces, Focuses On Drones And Special Ops

January 30, 2012 by  

New Pentagon Plan Cuts Traditional Forces, Focuses On Drones And Special Ops

The Pentagon plans to expand its global network of drones and special-operations bases in a reorganization of the U.S. military, The Wall Street Journal reported.

According to the newspaper, even as the Pentagon cuts back on conventional forces, the reorganization is part of an effort to project the power of the U.S. The plan calls for a 30 percent increase in the American fleet of armed unmanned aircraft in the coming years, defense officials noted.

Defense officials also noted that the plan foresees the deployment of more Special Operations teams at a growing number of small “lily pad” bases across the globe. At the bases, soldiers will be able to mentor local allies and launch missions, according to the Journal.

“What we really want is to see the Army adopt the mentality of Special Forces,” a military officer who advises Pentagon leaders told the newspaper.

The Associated Press reported that Panetta wants to save money by reducing the size of Army and Marine Corps ground forces and limiting the U.S. presence in Europe.

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  • Bob Marshall

    I realize this make millions of citizens mad because they want the military and defense budget to be greatly increased so they would feel safer and i am sure that corporate America would agree but this is the Pentagons idea. the same people who admitted on Sept, 10. 2001 they couldn’t account for $2.3 trillion, that is with a t and later the Inspector General of the Pentagon said the military cannot account for 25% of what it spends.At one point in Iraq there were more than 200,000 contractors, both from America and other countries.All courtesy of the American tax payers.When hidden cost and the defense budget is included the US spends slightly over one trillion dollars annually.Homeland Security and its 22 programs have over 240,000 employees with more to follow as soon as these new bills are passed thereby creating more agencies.This past Nov.congress reported that the TSA was a complete failure and a waste of $65 billion of the tax payers money.Not to worry, we will pay till we die with more and more taxes and pass the bill on to our children and their children and grandchildren.The American Way.

    • traderphil

      FEAR is needed to continue to expand this “war on global terrorism” agenda that the US is locked on to! It is a real $$$ maker for all those Companies that make armaments, security,etc, for sure. One would naturally assume that in a supposed “Democracy” that the price of freedom and civil rights is far too costly to hand them over out of fear! Maybe not when you have a country with 1 in 4 on anti-depressant DRUGS!! What is so depressing in the USA??

  • Jimmy

    Seems like we are implimenting Rumsfeld’s plan of REFORMATION under Secretary of Defensed Panetta. Seems like we could have cut spending in many other areas of the Fedzilla Government ran by Obama and his Czars. As he will probably add to his Staff and Czar team to hand the additional work load while he’s flying around stumping for re-election at $180,000/hr flight time.

  • Jimmy

    Seems like we are implementing Rumsfeld’s plan of REFORMATION under Secretary of Defense Panetta. Seems like we could have cut spending in many other areas of the Fedzilla Government ran by Obama and his Czars. As he will probably add to his Staff and Czar team to handle the additional work load while he’s flying around stumping for re-election at $180,000/hr flight times.

    • eddie47d

      Economically a smaller,leaner better trained force is the wiser. If we have to hit a threat to our security a quick action response team is more effective than massive troop movements. Not having to built and pay for large bases around the world would make our actions (if need be)easier to plan. No need for nation building or having to pay off our allies or enemies. Although smaller strike teams are less accountable so we would have to worry about them being used to overthrow governments which could bring on a bigger wars.

      • http://naver samurai

        I hope you keep this attitude for if our army is too small to live up to our commitments. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • s c

    If it’s important for the Army to ‘adopt the mentality of Special Forces,’ someone at the Pentagon should explain WHY they waited so long to come to that conclusion. If our military plans to use a ‘lily pad’ approach, then this would be a GREAT TIME to bring MOST of our military HOME.
    We have lots and lots of trained people who could help control our open borders.
    They’d also do a FIRST-RATE job in giving us BETTER airport security. The military operates on a 24 hours a day basis, so technically they’re always available.
    Trained soldiers who use dogs and high tech equipment will give us CONTROL of our OPEN borders.
    The weak point in this formula is the White House. Protecting our borders is a constitutional mandate [Article 4, Section 4]. Since the current Pretender-in-Chief WILL NOT do his job, then every state that has an illegal problem (and/or is a border state) is obligated to tell Uncle Scam to SHOVE IT and then go ahead and do the old fart’s JOB.
    We can RELY on the military to do its job. We CAN’T count on the Anointed Loser to do his.

  • William Clapp

    “The weak point in this formula is the White House. Protecting our borders is a constitutional mandate [Article 4, Section 4]. Since the current Pretender-in-Chief WILL NOT do his job”

    When are you people going to wake up? Did you not hear the President say in his State of the Disunion “We have fewer Illegal crossings under my watch on our southern border?”….

    I am paraphrasing but the point is that the immigrants are leaving not coming because there are no jobs here! Try to focus, our country is collapsing and you want to close the barn door after the horses are already gone.

    Of course the military wants to tighten up forces and enhance the drone capacity. We can already defeat any country on earth in days and mop up with special forces. We need drones to control our own countrymen. They have already been used against US citizens on dozens of missions within our own borders austensibly “for their own protection.” We are being enslaved and you are worried about yesterday’s news.

    WAKE UP America!

    • ohoh

      I’m sure Southern California will be relieved to hear it.

  • http://ObserverfromPhoenix Tom the Observer

    Here are some of my sentiments about the Government’s Duty and the Right Conventional ways to maintain and defend the sovereignty and the welfare of their citizens:
    1) Establish by COMMON ACCORDS with other neighboring Sovereignty Countries clear boarders and enforce boarder security.
    2) Train and maintain adequate forces to defend the Country’s safety and protect the Citizen’s welfare (properties, rights) within the borders and abroad when their properties or rights are UNJUSTLY threatened or violated.
    3) Abide by international laws and resort to the military force ONLY when there is no other way to resolve issues.
    4) Be sure to have Congress ACCEPTANCE before initiating any military actions within the border’s confines or abroad. The Congress represents the entire Country’s Citizens, and in such grave matters
    the acceptance by Congress needs to be absolute majority since the entire Country has to bear the burden. The Office of President, though holding the title of Chief Commander, is nonetheless only the
    EXECUTIVE Branch.

    Whatever the reason or justifications the present Pentagon has adopted to use and deploy drones or special forces it still needs to be within the main guidelines. Otherwise they would be just another format of air piracy or air intrusions into another Sovereignty’s territory. And I don’t believe it is an acceptable practice by International Laws.

    With regard to pulling back American soldiers, on one hand it is a
    good step if the mission is TRULY accomplished but at the same time it is also a grave Government’s responsibility to provide adequate and well earned rewards to these soldiers, who have given their best part of life to the service of the Country, and that would be an honorable discharge and smooth re-entry and resettlement into the civilian life.

  • robert

    I wonder when they will use drones in America, I remember watching a u-tube video several years ago about the news media in Houston Texas aired the military testing drones to ticket people from the sky for moving violations. I’m surprised on how many millions of Americans that are in the dark about what lies ahead for their future, OBAMA’s goal is to turn America in to a European Nation,what’s next UN soldiers in America,

    • AnneOnymous

      Oh, so let me get this straight.. Obama is the cause and once he’s history, we’ll all get back to normal. The Pubs have already said they can fix our situation, what? By cutting off all help to it’s needy and sick and expand the military budget? Hell, I feel safe already, but wait? Then one of them said, “If elected I will create the 51st State on the moon”.. What’s he gonna use for that, a national lottery? You people have been drinking too many Mexican long necks.

  • Big Woody

    Didn’t Clinton try a stunt like this? He cut troops to let the military make better use of technoligy. Then when we needed troops for our wars in the middle east, we blamed Bush for spending too much money rebuilding the manpower we need for an effective force. I do not know who is right but it does appear we are running around in circles and they are spending all the money we can to fool the voters into believing our military is better off. Eisenhower was right. “Beware of the industrial, militay complex.”


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