She accused generals and Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials of "next war-itis" — constantly preparing for a future conflict rather than current operations.
—David Hughes, "High-tech weapons 'not practical' for Afghanistan," Press Association Newsfile, June 10, 2008
—Julian E. Barnes and Peter Spiegel, A Pentagon battle over 'the next war', Los Angeles Times, July 21, 2008
Nonetheless, I have noticed too much of a tendency towards what might be called "Next-War-itis" — the propensity of much of the defense establishment to be in favor of what might be needed in a future conflict. This inclination is understandable, given the dominant role the Cold War had in shaping America's peacetime military, where the United States constantly strove to either keep up with or get ahead of another superpower adversary.
—Robert M. Gates, Remarks to the Heritage Foundation, May 13, 2008