- The Pentagon has released the summary of a top secret
Pentagon document, which sketches America's agenda for global military
- This redirection of America's military strategy seems
to have passed virtually unnoticed. With the exception of The Wall Street
Journal (see below in annex), not a word has been mentioned in the US media.
- There has been no press coverage concerning this mysterious
military blueprint. The latter outlines, according to the Wall Street Journal,
America's global military design which consists in "enhancing U.S.
influence around the world", through increased troop deployments and
a massive buildup of America's advanced weapons systems.
- While the document follows in the footsteps of the administration's
"preemptive" war doctrine as detailed by the Neocons' Project
of the New American Century (PNAC), it goes much further in setting the
contours of Washington's global military agenda.
- It calls for a more "proactive" approach to
warfare, beyond the weaker notion of "preemptive" and defensive
actions, where military operations are launched against a "declared
enemy" with a view to "preserving the peace" and "defending
- The document explicitly acknowledges America's global
military mandate, beyond regional war theaters. This mandate also includes
military operations directed against countries, which are not hostile to
America, but which are considered strategic from the point of view of US
- From a broad military and foreign policy perspective,
the March 2005 Pentagon document constitutes an imperial design, which
supports US corporate interests Worldwide.
- "At its heart, the document is driven by the belief
that the U.S. is engaged in a continuous global struggle that extends far
beyond specific battlegrounds, such as Iraq and Afghanistan. The vision
is for a military that is far more proactive, focused on changing the world
instead of just responding to conflicts such as a North Korean attack on
South Korea, and assuming greater prominence in countries in which the
U.S. isn't at war. (WSJ, 11 March 2005)
- The document suggests that its objective also consists
in "offensive" rather than run of the mill "preemptive"
operations. There is, in this regard, a subtle nuance in relation to earlier
post-911 national security statements:
- "[The document presents] 'four core' problems, none
of them involving traditional military confrontations. The services are
told to develop forces that can: build partnerships with failing states
to defeat internal terrorist threats; defend the homeland, including offensive
strikes against terrorist groups planning attacks; influence the choices
of countries at a strategic crossroads, such as China and Russia; and prevent
the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by hostile states and terrorist
- The emphasis is no longer solely on waging major theater
wars as outlined in the PNAC's Rebuilding America's Defenses, Strategy,
Forces and Resources for a New Century" , the March 2005 military
blueprint points to shifts in weapons systems as well as the need for a
global deployment of US forces in acts of Worldwide military policing and
intervention. The PNAC in its September 2000 Report had described these
non-theater military operations as "constabulary functions":
- The Pentagon must retain forces to preserve the current
peace in ways that fall short of conduction major theater campaigns. ...
These duties are today,s most frequent missions, requiring forces configured
for combat but capable of long-term, independent constabulary operations."
, p. 18)
- Recruitment of Troops to Police the Empire
- The underlying emphasis is on the development and recruitment
of specialized military manpower required to control and pacify indigenous
forces and factions in different regions of the World:
- "the classified guidance urges the military to come
up with less doctrinaire solutions that include sending in smaller teams
of culturally savvy soldiers to train and mentor indigenous forces."
- The classified document points to the need for a massive
recruitment and training of troops. These troops, including new contingents
of special forces, green berets and other specialized military personnel,
would be involved, around the World, in acts of military policing:
- "Mr. Rumsfeld's approach likely will trigger major
shifts in the weapons systems that the Pentagon buys, and even more fundamental
changes in the training and deployment of U.S. troops throughout the world,
said defense officials who have played a role in crafting the document
or are involved in the review.
- The U.S. would seek to deploy these troops far earlier
in a looming conflict than they traditionally have been to help a tottering
government's armed forces confront guerrillas before an insurgency is able
to take root and build popular support. Officials said the plan envisions
many such teams operating around the world.
- US military involvement is not limited to the Middle
East. The sending in of special forces in military policing operations,
under the disguise of peace-keeping and training, is contemplated in all
major regions of the World. A large part of these activities, however,
will most probably be carried out by private mercenary companies on contract
to the Pentagon, NATO or the United Nations.