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The hopeful prospect for any deal to mitigate the short-term sequestration pain should not cloud the need for a smarter and more lasting solution. Unfortunately, right now the alternatives would only extend and prolong the pain for the Department of Defense rather than undoing it.
With less than a two-war capability, it will be natural to want to conserve US military capabilities, worrying that a commitment to one conflict might preclude dealing with a more serious challenge elsewhere.
The Obama Administration's recent report provides some critical evidence about how the Administration would implement the looming "sequestration" cuts that are scheduled to automatically start on January 2, 2013.
Eric Li’s op-ed in the New York Times, timed to coincide with the annual round-up of bigwigs (with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey leading the U.S. delegation) in Singapore, the Shangri-La Dialogue, is a useful reminder of the many good things American...