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A changed military emerges from Iraq war

The fight against insurgents has pushed the Pentagon toward new strategies, new armor, and a transformed US force. Hard service in Iraq is wearing out some of the US military’s core weapons. Tanks, armored vehicles, and aircraft are being run at rates two to six times greater than in peacetime, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told Congress earlier this month. The bad news here is they may need to be replaced. But there’s good news too, according to Secretary Rumsfeld: It’s possible they can be replaced with something better. The need to refurbish equipment “is providing an opportunity to adjust the capabilities of the force earlier than otherwise might have been the case,” Rumsfeld told the House Armed Services Committee on March 10. Full Story

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