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The drawdown cycle

After more than 10 years, we are beginning to drawn down major military operations that have tested our country. We will continue to the fight in Afghanistan until at least 2014 and most likely have a significant role in Iraq for years to come. Regardless, our military is reliving another drawdown cycle.

What is the drawdown cycle?

The drawdown cycle

This cycle usually occurs after major military operations or when the government believes reductions in force are necessary based on a change in OPTEMPO. A classic example of a drawdown cycle is the peace dividend at the end of the cold war. The peace dividend was a political slogan made famous by George H.W. Bush that explained the economic benefits through cutting the defense budget.

posted on 06/22/2011 under Articles
Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training..

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