George Little, DOD:
Even With Cuts, Military Will Remain Capable
January 09, 2012
Defense Department officials will use
the military strategy guidance that President Barack Obama announced
yesterday to tie numbers to the department’s fiscal 2013 budget request,
Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
The budget request is expected to be delivered to Capitol Hill in early
Officials will use the strategy review to set funding levels and
priorities as the department seeks to trim $487 billion through fiscal
2022, Little said.
In a meeting with reporters, Little corrected what he said was a
misperception in media coverage that the strategy guidance means the
U.S. military will be able to handle only one war going forward.
“The document did not say that we are going down to fight one war,” he
said. “What the document said was that we are prepared to address a full
spectrum of threats. This country is poised to take on more than one
national security challenge at a time.”
The military will be postured to defeat aggression and take on
challenges from other countries and nonstate actors, he added.
“That is an inviolable principle on the way ahead on our defense
strategy,” Little said. “It is simply wrong to suggest that we are going
back to some one-war construct – if that ever existed.”
Being able to fight two wars has been an important pillar in military
doctrine, Little said. Still, the nation must adapt as the threats
change and the security landscape has changed.
“We have threats that can come from nation states, we have threats that
can come from nonstate actors like al-Qaida,” he said. “We have to be
flexible enough and adaptable enough to address contingencies that arise
from any of those sources.
me be very clear,” he continued. “If we take on more than one threat
from a state or nonstate actor, we will be prepared to address those
threats, and we will win.”
Not everything the Defense Department has done has been tied to a
two-war strategy, Little noted.
“We are prepared today to deal with various contingencies,” he
explained. “There may be new problems that might arise, and new domains.
We are thinking ahead, and that is the proper thing to do.
“No one should leave this room thinking that we will only be able to
fight one war at a time,” he continued. “That is not what the strategic