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Army, Marine Corps struggle with mandate to expand

November 12, 2007 The Bush administration's plan to increase the size of the Army and the Marine Corps by 92,000 troops over the next five years is running into trouble. In January, Defense Secretary Robert Gates proposed adding 65,000 soldiers and 27,000 marines to bring the Army's total to 547,000 troops and the...

Military cutting orders for costly high-tech weapons

February 5, 2007 Look at the plans for the DDG 1000, the Navy's newest guided-missile destroyer, and you'll see the makings of a sea warrior's dream. The 600-foot-long, next-generation warship is a technological marvel, with state-of-the-art multiphased radar, advanced gunnery and missile systems, electric propulsion, and an integrated power-generation package that will pave...

Navy in search of a fresh strategy for the 21st century

December 6, 2006 In the early 1980s, the Navy unveiled a "national maritime strategy" that dramatically altered America's Cold War military posture. For the first time, the sea service argued that it should do more than merely escort convoys across the Atlantic; it should prepare to carry the fight to the Soviet Union's...

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