On FP Rise of the Irregulars by Robert Haddick My bold, an interesting idea. Not really new, Langley got pretty hefty in the cold war as well. It's also something of a boondoggle, standing armies are big government, they aren't profit making enterprises, but folk get fat on contracting. That finally means lobbying power in DC and so the circle continues. And unlike the Cold War there is no looming existential threat to restrain expansion, the amorphous GWOT is nearly ideal for this.