Panetta to roll out strategy review, report says

As The Hill reported then, the tactic is one plucked from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s playbook: Control the political backlash over the spending cuts it contains.

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“The early briefing was a tactic used infamously in 2009 by then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates to minimize the fallout from a budget that terminated or made significant changes to around 50 weapons programs,” The Hill wrote in the November piece.

The Times report states the strategy review will state that the U.S. military will be unable to fight two major wars at once, and instead will lay out a strategy under which the American military can fight one major conflict while also being able to “ ‘spoil’ a second adversary’s ambitions in another part of the world while conducting a number of other smaller operations, like providing disaster relief or enforcing a no-flight zone.”