I love how Neil Mackay "uncovered" this secret document. Does that he mean he finally got around to reading it?
It's also 90 pages long. As it is a defense review, it mainly talks about capabilities the group believes must be central to the armed forces.
multiple, simultaneous major theatre wars' as a 'core
This is a particularly smarmy misquote. This refers to a military doctrine of the ability of the US armed forces to engage two theaters of conflict simultaneously, not a desire to do so. Yes that is viewed as a core mission by the think tank.
The full quote is as follows:
"LARGE WARS. Second, the United States must retain sufficient forces able to rapidly deploy and win multiple simultaneous large-scale wars and also to be able to respond to unanticipated contingencies in regions where it does not maintain forward-based forces. This resembles the "two-war" standard that has been the basis of U.S. force planning over the past decade. Yet this standard needs to be updated to account for new realities and potential new conflicts."But I'm glad Neil Mackay is on the case, who knows what else he and the Sunday Herald might uncover next!