In the 2007 budget due out next week and a soon-to-be-released long-range plan for reshaping the military, the US Defense Department talks about the military's future in terms of its ability to fight a new kind of war: One that can't be won in days or weeks and will be fought on many fronts against a vast array of enemies.
On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said the new term is a way of telling people the truth about the fight against terrorism.
He said this doesn't mean that US troops will be in Iraq indefinitely but rather the United States will be fighting violent extremists for many years to come.
"The United States is a nation engaged in what will be a long war," the new defense review document says. "Currently the struggle is centered in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we will need to be prepared and arranged to successfully defend our nation and its interests around the globe for years to come."