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Commentary – Counterinsurgency ain't cheap

I’ve posted yet again on the National Journal “expert blog,” inspired by this morning’s news that heavy M1 Abrams tanks – costly to operate, even more costly to replace – are being deployed to Afghanistan:

 …. What on earth does this have to do with defense budgets? Some “COINistas,” the more revolutionary advocates of a counterinsurgency (COIN) approach, argue that future conflicts will only involve lightly armed guerrillas and that the future ground forces, both Army and Marine Corps, will not require the kind of expensive heavy weaponry which spearheaded conventional fights in 1991 and 2003….

For the whole post in context, click over to this week’s NJ expert blog discussion.

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