DEFENSE TRANSFORMATION

Phil Carter has some interesting analysis on a WaPo story showing how our forces are adapting themselves to stability operations duty.

What’s particularly noteworthy is that the units involved are both heavy ones: an armored brigade and a Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) field artillery battalion. Quite amazing, really. Still, it does rather beg the question: Why are those units being used rather than, say, infantry units? (Military Police would of course be preferable but, as I’ve noted ad naseum in previous posts, we simply don’t have enough of those to go around.)

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.