The most recent Pentagon budget reflects rapidly developing trends in warfare and politics. It will cut standing armies stationed abroad, but will preserve monies spent for drones and other strategic military priorities.
The trends are unmistakable:
1. The devastating effectiveness of armed drones: their low cost and inherent protection from loss of American soldiers' lives.
2. The pinpoint effectiveness of small teams of highly trained special forces vs massive "brute force" standing armies.
3. The imperative to control military spending as one method to bring overall US spending under control.
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