Army Gen. Mark Milley has been confirmed to take over as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the end of September.
That will make Milley the top uniformed military adviser to the president, and there are some kinds of thinking about the military and about war that Milley wants to dispel.
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Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley is a firm believer that a strong military is key in a whole-of-government approach to national security issues.
Still, he cautions, there are Americans who believe some myths about the military.
Here are his four “Myths of War”:
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1. The ‘Short War’ Myth.
This is a very prominent myth and one that recurs throughout history, Milley said.
President Abraham Lincoln called for troops to put down the rebellion in 1861. He was so sure it would be a quick war that he only called for 90-day enlistments. Both the French and Germans in 1914 believed the conflict would be short, but World War I lasted four years and took millions of lives.
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