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A Balanced Strategy

Reprogramming the Pentagon for a New Age

Author: Robert M. Gates
January/February 2009
Foreign Affairs


The United States cannot expect to eliminate national security risks through higher defense budgets, do everything, and buy everything. The Pentagon must set priorities and consider tradeoffs. It must balance trying to prevail in today's conflicts and preparing for tomorrow's, institutionalizing counterinsurgency capabilities, and maintaining its edge in conventional warfare.

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