Secretary Rumsfeld Issues Directive 3000 on Post-War Stability Ops, But How Big Should the Force Deployed Be?
8:39 AM, Dec 14, 2005 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
Today's Washington Times reports:
The Washington Post has also reported on this new directive. While many may agree on this post-conflict focus (as I do), there's quite a divide -- Powell, Shinseki, Rumsfeld, etc. -- on just how big the deployed force should be to accomplish the mission (and having traveled throughout Kosovo there other issues to be sorted out related to the role of a stability force once on the ground). Whether one agrees or disagrees with its conclusions, this Rand study on the "Arithmetic of Stability Operations" is a good place to start the debate that will surely be part of the 2008 presidential campaign.