The new establishment view seems to be that the future of warfare belongs primarily, possibly only, to counterinsurgency and other asymmetrical, irregular forms of warfare.  State-on-state, high-intensity war is a thing of the past.  Or so the theory goes.  But the latest news about Russia’s possible basing of strategic bombers in Cuba or Venezuela sounds curiously familiar.  From Stratfor:

Russia: Venezuela, Cuba Could Offer Bomber Bases

March 14, 2009

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has offered Russia the use of an island as a temporary base for strategic bombers, The Associated Press reported March 14, citing comments by Maj. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev, Russian chief of staff for long-range aviation, published by Interfax news agency. Zhikharev said Cuba also could be used as a base for the planes, but the Kremlin said the plan was hypothetical.

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