The rise of a “new center of power” throughout the globe means “a world that is growing more volatile, more unpredictable and, in some instances, more threatening to the United States," Secretary Hagel said.
“We are no longer sizing the military to conduct long and large stability operations,” he added, in a briefing with Pentagon reporters.
But “no more land wars” is a mantra that the military has mistakenly trotted out before, most notably after World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, some critics warn. The latest round of cuts mean that “we won’t be ready for the next” war, says Rep. Buck McKeon (R) of California, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. After World War II, “We took the largest, strongest Army and Navy and we totally destroyed it,” he warns. “We don’t think we’re setting ourselves up for the same thing?”