ABSTRACT

Revising the Two-Major Theater War Standard   [open pdf - 337KB]

"Preparing to fight two nearly simultaneous major theater wars (MTWs) has been the standard used to design U.S. defense policy and force structure since 1993. But with a broader spectrum of challenges looming, the threat of concurrent wars in the Persian Gulf and on the Korean Peninsular appearing less likely, and the emergence of China as a potential rival, a new approach is needed. Without a new standard, the Armed Forces will transform themselves using a rigid and outdated strategic model. The standard put forth herein combines attention to peacetime needs with a fresh interpretation of wartime requirements. For peacetime, it would create force packages for regional commanders to perform deterrent, theater engagement, routine operational and minor crisis management missions. In wartime, it would create a powerful join force for handling one conflict which may be larger than a MTW, plus forces for two medium-sized operations elsewhere."

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Strategic Forum (April 2001), no.179
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2001-04
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