Defence Readiness. ames L. George considers the notion of "tiered readiness" - that not all armed forces need be ready to deploy and perform at full strength at all times. Keeping armies at full strength and full readiness is expensive. This paper argues that with the nature of threats to the US changing so should the concept of readiness - with Navy and Marine Corp units on higher states of alert than the standing army, mothballing some other units and making more use made of the reserves.
By Cato Institute, US.