General Dempsey Attacks, Defeats Army of Straw Men in FP Article

Finds battle he can win
Gen. Martin Dempsey (AP)

General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and principal military adviser to President Obama, has written an article for Foreign Policy magazine, stating his view of the military’s role in America’s foreign affairs.

Written in a slick, corporate-sounding, richly euphemistic style, the average reader may be left wondering just what, precisely, the point of the article is. Who could disagree with such comments as “a new century [has] brought new dangers,” or, “In each region of the world, we face serious — but very different — security challenges”?

Dempsey: Threat of Conflict in Asia Increasing

U.S. Military decline hastens global instability
Gen. Martin Dempsey / AP

The risk of war in Asia will increase over the next 10 years as U.S. military forces struggle to maintain their edge amid declining budgets and increasing threats, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Pentagon: No Unusual Chinese Military Maneuvers Despite Tensions with Japan

Beijing launches first naval exercises since declaring ADIZ
Chinese naval fleet / AP

China’s military forces are showing no signs of increased alert status or readiness for conflict despite high tensions with Japan over Beijing’s air defense zone overlapping U.S. and Japanese air defense coverage of the disputed Senkaku islands.

Pentagon: China Failed to Consult Before Imposing Air Defense Zone

Hagel, Dempsey do not demand roll back of zone; no contacts with Chinese counterparts
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey

China’s military imposed a destabilizing air defense zone over the East China Sea without consulting the United States, and top Pentagon leaders said Wednesday there have been no contacts with their Chinese counterparts since the zone was set up Nov. 23.

JCS Chairman Decries Defense Budget Uncertainty

Dempsey agrees that deterring an assertive China is undermined by harsh U.S. budget cuts and Beijing’s military buildup
hairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey

The uncertainty of U.S. defense spending is undermining the ability of U.S. military forces in Asia to maintain stability amid a growing military buildup by China, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.