- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 14, 2001

NORFOLK NAVAL BASE President Bush yesterday told sailors and NATO ambassadors that new national-security threats will drive the future of the U.S. military, but said "the best way to keep the peace is to redefine war on our terms."
On his second leg of a three-day tour of military bases to highlight his agenda to revamp the armed forces, Mr. Bush described "a new era" of danger to America and its allies.
"The grave threat from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons has not gone away with the Cold War. It has evolved into many separate threats, some of them harder to see and harder to answer. And the adversaries seeking these tools of terror are less predictable, more diverse."
The answer, Mr. Bush said, is to modernize the military to prepare it to "confront the threats that come on a missile … in a shipping container or in a suitcase."
Mr. Bush used a ceremony at the Allied Command Atlantic headquarters of NATO to announce he will request Congress add $2.6 billion to the Pentagon's research-and-development budget next year.
"We're witnessing a revolution in the technology of war, powers increasingly defined not by size, but by mobility and swiftness… . Safety is gained in stealth and forces projected on the long arc of precision-guided weapons," Mr. Bush told hundreds of members NATO military personnel and their families.
Mr. Bush, who plans to deploy a high-tech "umbrella" defense against incoming ballistic missiles, pledged to work closely within the NATO alliance before building the system.
"In diplomacy and technology and missile defense, in fighting wars and, above all, in preventing wars, we must work as one," Mr. Bush said. "We did not prevail together in the Cold War only to go our separate ways, pursuing separate plans with separate technologies.
"NATO is the reason history records no World War Three, by preserving the stability of Europe and the trans-Atlantic community. NATO has kept the peace and the work goes on. The defenses we build must protect us all," he said.
During the presidential campaign, Mr. Bush proposed sharing missile-defense technology with NATO and other allies, such as Israel.
But sweeping changes won't come swiftly.
"We must put strategy first, then spending," said Mr. Bush, who plans no major changes in spending until after Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld completes a strategic review of the armed forces. "Our defense vision will drive our defense budget, not the other way around.
"Redesigning the strategic vision of the military is going to take some time," he told reporters onboard Air Force One. "But we must do it. There are going to be some tough choices to make, but that's why you get elected."
Washington-based diplomats from NATO nations, as well as Virginia Sens. John W. Warner and George F. Allen, traveled to Norfolk to attend the ceremony.
At the Allied Command Atlantic headquarters, Mr. Bush also watched a high-tech war game conducted jointly by the United States and its NATO allies directed from the command ship, the USS Mount Whitney, 50 miles off the Virginia coast.
In his short visit to this naval port city, Mr. Bush also visited the nearby U.S. Joint Forces Command, which assesses national security threats and recommends ways to outfit and configure the military to adapt to the changing strategic environment.

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