WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. military arsenal of the future needs to be adaptable, relevant and more importantly, affordable, said a top U.S. military official.
Iraq and Afghanistan were "not on anybody's list as peer competitors. Not on anybody's list to last more than 30 days in conflict," he said. "And here we are now approaching the ninth and 10th year" at war.
Cartwright said the Cold War mentality of million-dollar niche programs that are out of date by the time they reach the battlefield are a thing of the past.
The military of today, he said, needs to be fluid and adaptable enough to fight on many fronts and affordable enough for large numbers.
He cited the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in contrast to fighter jets as a relatively inexpensive option to fight the war against insurgents and terrorists.
"We've got to find a way to get this affordability equation to work in our favor," he said.