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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."

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