Revising the Two MTW Force Shaping Paradigm

Author: Dr Steven Metz

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One of the most important elements of U.S. military strategy for the past 10 years has been the belief that a force able to fight two nearly simultaneous major theater wars of the DESERT STORM type would be capable of dealing with the full gamut of security challenges that the United States is likely to face. These essays from a wide range of scholars, analysts, government officials, and uniformed thinkers represent their views of the question of a force shaping paradigm for the U.S. military. They vary widely on assumptions, analytical parameters, and recommendations.