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Wednesday, March 3, 1999

New Pearl Harbor Needed

From The Terror Timeline by Paul Thompson and the Center for Cooperative Research

March 3, 1999: New "Pearl Harbor" Needed to Change U.S. Military Policies, Says Expert

Andrew Krepinevich, Executive Director of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, testified before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, "There appears to be general agreement concerning the need to transform the U.S. military into a significantly different kind of force from that which emerged victorious from the Cold and Gulf Wars. Yet this verbal support has not been translated into a defense program supporting transfomation...the 'critical mass' needed to effect it has not yet been achieved. One may conclude that, in the absence of a strong external shock to the United States–a latter day 'Pearl Harbor' of sorts–surmounting the barriers to transformation will likely prove a long, arduous process." (CSBA 3/5/99) This comment echoes other strategists at PNAC who wait for a second Pearl Harbor to fulfill their visions.