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Bargains coverage strategies for strengthening the facility of America's army to answer overseas crises in a tumultuous international.

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But it was well known that these forces were much less loyal to Saddam than were the Special Republican Guard, Republican Guard, and fedayeen units. —Powerful air bombardment of Iraqi forces. The combination of GPSguided all-weather bombs; better all-weather sensors, such as JSTARS aircraft flying well within Iraqi airspace; and real-time joint communications networks denied Iraqi forces any sanctuary. 8 Air Force B-1 bombers were among the platforms performing especially well, in this case dropping almost half of all GPS-guided JDAMs (joint direct attack munitions) used in the war despite flying just 2 percent of total sorties.

Federal deficits, which, as noted, already exceed $400 billion a year, could exceed $500 billion annually in the next decade, even if President Bush succeeds in his goal of halving the deficit in 2009 (likely to be a temporary accomplishment at best). They would thus remain at the economically unhealthy level of around 4 percent of GDP, driving down national savings rates and increasing America’s dependence on foreign investors to propel its economy. 32 If more ground forces are needed in the coming years, it becomes even more important to look for economies and trade-offs in other parts of the Pentagon budget to help fund the new requirements and avoid continued rapid growth in annual expenditures.

4 In contrast, the Army still has nearly 150,000 troops deployed in and around Iraq, and some 15,000 more are in Afghanistan. In addition, it has more than 20,000 in Korea, 2,000 in the Balkans, and dozens here and hundreds there on temporary assignments around the world. Virtually all of these soldiers, the majority of them married, are currently separated from their home bases and families. S. security missions as well, having again deployed forces to Iraq and elsewhere. 6 That continued to be true through the end of fiscal year 2004,7 but initial data for fiscal year 2005 show that results have been less than excellent.

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