Doug Bedell — April 26, 2019, 3:14 pm

Pertinent Security Questions: Re the Army’s Role and Size

Should the U.S. Army be needed in a national crisis, how rapidly could it be deployed or expanded? This is a security question that’s highly pertinent to the nation’s well-being.

Homeland 411 provides a discussion of the Army’s overall readiness. “Over the past four decades,” it finds, “the Army has produced little innovation in its ability to rapidly expand the force in new or augmented units, while over the same period it has made tremendous progress in how it trains established units. This lack of balance in innovation is a problem.”

Security typically has more than one aspect, and that’s as true in the case of military readiness as in other contexts. “While military capability is doubtless important,” Homeland 411 continues, “one thing we know about war is that it has the power to surprise us in unpleasant ways. Nothing is more useful to surviving and overcoming those surprises than the simple power of numbers. Mass still matters, and the ability to produce it quickly deserves more of our attention.”

This is a subject that goes beyond brief… so we refer you to the full Homeland 411 post should you want to pursue it.

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