The Center for Strategic and International Studies has just released Beyond the Last War:Â Balancing Ground Forces and Future Challenges RiskÂ in USCENTCOM and USPACOM. Â The report makes for interesting reading. Â What I found the most interesting aside from the scenarios considered was the realization that air power and spec-ops troops cannot win wars by themselves. Â Conventional military forces will be required into theÂ foreseeableÂ future. Â That view alone is a breath of fresh air given theÂ Pentagon’sÂ lamentable tendency over the past few years to tour both types of forces while the simple ground-pounders are out there doing Yeoman’s work trying to make an unstable world more stable. Â High profile raids and airstrikes do not a war make. Â It is the infantry, cavalry, artillery, and engineers out there interacting, fighting, and dying on a daily basis that win wars. Â In fact, I cannot think of one war that ended by decapitation strike.