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Peacekeeping . . .
5 December 2003: "Pentagon Weighs Contentious Peacekeeping Plans" by David Morgan, Reuters:
- "In an about-face for the Bush administration, defense officials are quietly examining proposals including a small joint-services unit of a few thousand troops that could be assembled in as little as a year to perform policing, civil affairs, engineering, medical and other duties in hot spots such as Iraq and Afghanistan."
- "A study, ordered by the Pentagon's Office of Force Transformation and written by National Defense University, also proposes an ambitious long-term Army reorganization to create up to two active divisions for a combined 30,000 active-duty and reserve troops dedicated to stabilization and reconstruction duties under new joint command."
- "Meanwhile, Pentagon authorities are also pursuing creation of a U.S.-led international peacekeeping force consisting largely of troops from developing countries, the former Eastern bloc and Latin American nations such as Brazil and Argentina."