A new planning group will also look at vulnerabilities the U.S. may face during the pandemic and where adversaries could try to take advantage.
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s Joint Staff has launched a planning group focused on the U.S. military’s long-term plans for operating during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, taking into account the likelihood that the defense budget may be cut and that troops may come home, according to three defense officials.
The group is examining how the military is postured around the world, whether it needs to focus more personnel or assets domestically, and where it needs to invest personnel and money to operate during and after COVID-19.
The group will look at possible vulnerabilities the U.S. may face during the pandemic and where adversaries could try to take advantage of the U.S. focus on COVID-19. At the same time, the group will determine what strategic advantages the U.S. can leverage as adversaries are also focused on the outbreak.
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WNU Editor: The pandemic is still very active. No one knows when it will end …. this summer, fall, next year? Planning on what to do next, and how to respond to possible threats, is a must. I am surprised that they are doing this only now.