USA Today article US defense leaders are facing a new wave of pressure to come up with new solutions to a crisis that has killed more than 8,000 people since the start of the year, and has created a legacy of anger, confusion and resentment.
President Donald Trump and his advisers have said the US military must be ready to respond to crises at a moment’s notice.
But the Pentagon has been working to reframe its war strategy in a way that puts its forces in the best possible position to win the war.
The latest push comes as Trump and other top military leaders are set to deliver a major address to the nation Friday in which they will outline their plans to keep Americans safe and end the wars they have started.
The address will likely focus on the challenges facing the US in its war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other foreign threats.
“We are going to be at war with ISIL, and we are going at war against a variety of groups,” Pentagon Chief of Staff James Mattis said in January.
“We’re going to need the entire United States military to be ready at all times to respond and to go after the enemy, including the enemies we’ve created with this effort.”
The latest Pentagon initiative to address the crisis comes as the US and Russia have conducted a joint air campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
The Pentagon has said it is focused on training, equipping and equipping the local population in the areas targeted by the air campaign.
It has also begun to use the US air force to bomb ISIS targets inside Syria.
But the air force has faced criticism from lawmakers who say the US is not providing the military the tools it needs to win.
Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, February 13, 2021.
The Trump administration has been trying to move away from the traditional war strategy of going into the battlefield and creating a conflict that is so deadly and destructive that it can never be won.
The new strategy, however, seeks to reduce the danger and complexity of a war that has left thousands of US and allied service members dead and left a humanitarian crisis that could be years in the making.
The strategy will also look to reduce a US budget deficit by about $1.4 trillion in the coming decade, according to the White House.
Mattis and Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrive at the Department of Defense in Washington on Feb. 13, 2020.
The military will continue to work with Congress and the White Senate to reduce costs and improve performance, said Col. John Delaney, the top Pentagon official who has been tasked with leading the effort.
“I believe the military will be able to accomplish this goal in the most cost-effective and effective way,” he said in a statement.
Mattises has been at the helm of the Pentagon’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff since last September.
The military’s top civilian official is expected to lead a team that will examine how to modernize the military and get it into the best position to defeat future threats, according the statement.
The administration has spent months trying to craft a new strategy that reflects the new realities of the conflict.
The strategy calls for deploying troops to Syria and in Iraq, but it does not call for the deployment of US ground forces to those regions.
Instead, it calls for a new “reinvention of war” strategy that aims to create an environment that will allow US forces to focus on more specific, targeted operations.
The goal is to ensure that US forces are ready to fight and win in the face of threats, but also to reduce unnecessary risk and allow for the use of the most effective weapons, according a statement from the White and Defense departments.
The White House also said the new strategy will not include any additional US ground troops in the future.
But some lawmakers have questioned whether the Pentagon will be ready for the new war.
The Senate Armed Services Committee voted in March to cut the Pentagon budget by nearly $900 billion over the next decade, raising questions about whether the military is ready for a war in the Middle East that has already killed more Americans than the Afghanistan and Iraq wars combined.
“The defense budget is not sustainable,” Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, said during a hearing last month.
“What is the plan to save $1 trillion in defense spending?
I just don’t know.”
Sen. Ron Wyden, a member of the Senate Armed Service Committee, has also questioned the Pentagon strategy.
“I don’t see a strategy that’s going to keep us safe,” Wyden told the Washington Post last month, calling it a “very costly failure” that could cost more lives and damage the economy.
In his speech Friday, Mattis said the “reinsurance and support for local communities” will be a key part of the strategy.
The plan calls for establishing a “local civilian response force” that will train local communities to handle any new threats that arise and will also help them prepare for