A paraitre: A Balanced Strategy : Reprogramming the Pentagon for a New Age
By Robert M. Gates From Foreign Affairs , January/February 2009
Summary: The Pentagon has to do more than modernize its conventional forces; it must also focus on today’s unconventional conflicts—and tomorrow’s.
The United States cannot expect to eliminate national security risks through higher defense budgets, to do everything and buy everything. The Department of Defense must set priorities and consider inescapable tradeoffs and opportunity costs.
before the United States begins rearming for another Cold War, it must remember that what is driving Russia is a desire to exorcise past humiliation and dominate its “near abroad”—not an ideologically driven campaign to dominate the globe
The United States is the strongest and greatest nation on earth, but there are still limits on what it can do. The power and global reach of its military have been an indispensable contributor to world peace and must remain so. But not every outrage, every act of aggression, or every crisis can or should elicit a U.S. military response.