Afghanistan War Game Tested a 44,000-Troop Increase
One more thing from that Washington Post report about the Afghanistan war game. It appears we have numbers for gauging a prospective troop increase for a counterinsurgency-based escalation, as well as numbers for a Biden-esque alternative:
The exercise, led by Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, examined the likely outcome of inserting 44,000 more troops into the country to conduct a full-scale counterinsurgency effort aimed at building a stable Afghan government that can control most of the country. It also examined adding 10,000 to 15,000 more soldiers and Marines as part of an approach that the military has dubbed “counterterrorism plus.”
A war game doesn’t guarantee anything. But they wouldn’t have picked those numbers out of nowhere, so they probably derive in some form from Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s palette of options.