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Jacoby: Don’t break what’s working

Published: March 20, 2014, 11:46 am, by Tom Roeder

noradIn testimony before the House Armed Services Committee in late February, Gen. Chuck Jacoby praised the wildfire and security work on his U.S. Northern Command and offered a request.

“As the military reorganizes and reduces capacity and capability while confronting existing and emerging threats, I believe we must not ‘break’ the things that give the military its competitive advantage,” Jacoby said.

The general called for maintaining a joint training environment, an all-volunteer force, a healthy industrial base, existing alliances and a philosophy that threats are best dealt with off U.S. soil.

“Threats facing our homeland are more diverse and less attributable than ever,” Jacoby said. “Crises that originate as regional considerations elsewhere in the world can rapidly manifest themselves here at home. No combatant command operates in isolation; events outside the homeland have cascading effects on the security of North America and its approaches.”