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Back in July 1992, Senator Sam Nunn (D-GA) delivered what was then seen as a watershed speech, challenging the Pentagon to take a hard look at service roles and missions and to make some tough decisions on organization, force structure, and concomitant procurement plans to make a solvent match between the nation’s national security needs and the diminishing post-Cold War defense budget.