Defense officials say it will fill urgent gaps but Special Forces officers are skeptical.
Barack Obama says resolving the Indian-Pakistani dispute over Kashmir will be a goal of his presidency, ending eight years of silence on the issue.
The Joint Chiefs chairman may come closer to the views of the new president.
Militants in Pakistan seized 13 Afghanistan-bound trucks – one carrying two Humvees – without firing a single shot.
McCain has the experience, but Obama may be more open to Pentagon advice.
One key reason: uncertainty about what upcoming provincial elections will bring.