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Occupation Distress: The Cost of the New Wars for the Armed Services

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Occupation Distress: The Cost of the New Wars for the Armed Services. This site presents citations and links (updated weekly) to articles and studies that report on the effect of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq on the armed forces of the United States. Topics included are: force sizing, troops in Iraq, troops at home, issues of stability operations, recruitment, and military reform. PDA predicts that 2005 will be a very hard year for the U.S. Army, in both its active and reserve components. Bookmark this site and check back from time to time during the coming year. Edited by Melissa Murphy.

 

By Project on Defense Alternatives , US.

Defense Policy Resource.


Is the Iraq war sapping America's military power? Cautionary data and perspectives

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Is the Iraq war sapping America's military power? Cautionary data and perspectives. Charts, Reference Material, and Panel Presentation: * Change in the Percentage of US Military Personnel Overseas, Stationed and Deployed * US Military Personnel Overseas 2002-2004 * A Measure of Stress on Active Component Army Personnel 1994-2004 * Mobilized National Guard and Reserve, October 2001 - September 2004 * Reference Readings - online * Panel: "Stretched too thin? The Effect of Recent Military Operations on America's Armed Forces" with James Fallows, Lawrence Korb, Pat Towell, Douglas Macgregor, and Carl Conetta, moderator. View streaming video of event from CSPAN. To connect to this file you must have Real Player installed. By Carl Conetta, Charles Knight, and Melissa Murphy.

 

By Project on Defense Alternatives , US.

Defense Policy Resource.


Radical Departure: Toward A Practical Peace in Iraq

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Radical Departure: Toward A Practical Peace in Iraq. Can the "new" approach to the Iraq mission succeed where the previous effort failed? This report answers "no". Nor will Senator Kerry's alternative work. The fundamental problem is mission goals that are overly ambitious, intrusive, and polarizing. The report analyzes the failures of the US postwar mission in Iraq and proposes essential steps toward peace, stability, and US withdrawal. By Carl Conetta.

 

By Project on Defense Alternatives , US.

Defense Policy Resource.


Outsourcing Torture and the Problems of ?Quality Control?

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Outsourcing Torture and the Problems of ?Quality Control?. The numbers of prisoners for processing in Iraq were so great that government interrogators began to rely on the assistance of under-trained and youthful soldiers who were so ?shockingly undisciplined? that they took photos of their activities to send home -- yet another indicator of how poorly prepared for a large scale occupation the United States was before going into Iraq. By Charles Knight.

 

By Project on Defense Alternatives , US.

Defense Policy Resource.