Continued focus on RMA will allow the U.S. to retain global hegemony for decades
Gongora, Research Associate with the Institut quebecois des hautes etudes internationals, and von Riekhoff, Professor of Political Science, Carleton University in Ottawa,2K(Thierry and Harold, Toward a Revolution in Military Affairs? Defense and Security at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century, p. 7)
One cannot escape the central role of the United States in discussing national perspectives about the RMA. The present U.S. position as the sole global power, established with the end of the Cold War, has been reinforced by the introduction of RMA technologies and doctrines. Unlike the short-lived monopoly of atomic weapons, U.S. primacy in the RMA sphere promises to continue unchallenged for at least another twenty years, if not longer. One merely needs to cite a few elementary facts to establish the scope of U.S. dominance of the field. U.S. investment in intelligence collection, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), particularly space-based aspects of the so-called system of systems, exceeds that of all other nations combined, and the United States also leads in C4I and precision force (Nye and Owens 1996, 28). U.S. R&D expenses in information technology exceed those of the rest of the world. When it comes to dominant situational awareness, the United States, to cite Libicki, has the "world's best eyes" (Libicki 1998, 414). In the foreseeable future, no country or group of countries can match U.S. hegemony in the RMA sphere.As a consequence, all wars in which the United States chooses to become involved will inevitably assume the nature of asymmetric conflicts (Freedman 1998,34).
EXT-Plan Solves Rma
Extended Deployments kills RMA
Carafano and Rozensweig, 2005
(James Jay, Senior Research Fellow @ Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, and Paul, Senior Legal Research Fellow in the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation, “Winning the Long War: Lessons from the Cold War for Defeating Terrorism and Preserving Freedom,” www.heritage.org/Research/HomelandDefense/the-long-war-ch1.cfm)
Clearly, today’s U.S. military is either under-resourced or incorrectly structured to handle the missions that are being asked of it. Here is an example: In the summer of 2004, America hadabout 3 million men and women in uniform. Yet we are having a tough time keeping 160,000 of them in Afghanistan and Iraq. You do the math. The problem is not that the military is too small. It is simply structured to fight the last war in the last century. The result? Too many troops in the wrong uniform, in the wrong places, trained in the wrong skills, who are subsequently of questionable value to the war on terrorism.
Climate legislation will pass – vote on july 26
Boeve 7 – 19 [May, “Two sides of the Same planet”
Any moment now, Harry Reid will unveil climate and energy legislation for the Senate to begin debating as soon as July 26. Dealing with climate change is already a race against time: just last week another round of scientific evidence revealed how little time is left to dramatically cut emissions. Nervous Senators may want to delay action, but it's unlikely chemistry and physics will bend to fit the political calendar. As politicians continue to whine, the planet continues to warm.
Climate bill will pass - financial reform creates momentum
Murray 7 - 16 [James is chief editor at business green, "Senate clears path for run at climate legislation"
The Senate last night passed Barack Obama's financial reform bill, finally clearing the way for a vote on controversial climate change legislation. The president had signalled that he would throw his full weight behind trying to secure the 60 Senate votes needed to pass a comprehensive energy and climate change bill as soon as the proposed overhaul of financial regulation was completed. Speculation is now mounting that the Senate could debate a draft climate bill put forward by Democrat senator John Kerry and independent senator Joe Lieberman within the next few weeks after Senate majority leader Harry Reid hinted that he was preparing to move forward with the latest revised version of the bill. Senators Kerry and Lieberman have been circulating a 667-page draft version of the bill that scales back previous plans for an economy-wide emissions trading scheme in favour of a narrower carbon-pricing mechanism that initially focuses solely on energy utilities. The proposals have secured support from a number of influential business groups and energy firms and Kerry and Lieberman are confident that the scaled-back proposals, which also include substantial support for renewable- and nuclear-energy projects, can win over the Republican votes needed to pass through the Senate. However, according to the Pew Center the utility-first proposals put forward by Kerry and Lieberman will result in emissions cuts of between 12 and 14 per cent by 2020, assuming that both the cap-and-trade scheme and other proposals contained in the draft bill such as new fuel- and energy-efficiency standards make it into the final version
Climate Bill will pass – bipart and support from environmental coalitions
Fisette 7 – 14 [Jay is a Columnist for Times-Dispatch, “Today's Political Leaders Face Choices”
Today, our political leaders face a similar choice: Should we put our country on a path to a clean energy economy? Last year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a sweeping clean energy bill. But in the Senate, you need 60 percent support, not just a bare majority, to get major bills passed. So the House bill wasn't quite the right vehicle to win Senate passage. Since then, Sens. John Kerry (D) and Joseph Lieberman (I) worked for months to design a Senate-friendly bill. And they didn't just talk to environmentalists; they spent many hours listening to groups -- such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- that had vehemently attacked the House bill. And last month, after all of their work, the senators introduced the American Power Act, receiving unprecedented support from industry and the environmental community -- for taking the first serious step toward passing legislation that will reduce America's dependence on oil and boost production of clean domestic power. Looking for smart ways to attract new support, consistent with the clean energy goal, these senators managed to prepare a draft legislative text that should serve as the vehicle for bipartisan negotiations over comprehensive energy and climate change legislation. In the spirit of compromise, they added fresh funding for nuclear power -- a longtime Republican goal, but also a low-carbon source of electricity.