From John Bennett in TheHill.com on 12 Oct 2011:
New Joint Chiefs Chairman Predicts Current Wars Won't End 'During My Tenure'
Newly installed Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey predicted Wednesday that U.S. forces will still be fighting and keeping the peace in Afghanistan and Iraq when his tenure expires.
Dempsey began a two-year term as the military's top officer earlier this month, meaning his first of two possible terms will run out in October 2013. If he serves four years as chairman, he could remain in the post until late 2015.
A slide that accompanied his remarks at an Association of the U.S. Army forum in downtown Washington on Wednesday stated that one of the military's goals during his stint is to "achieve our national objectives in the current conflicts."
Methinks our national objective is to remain there forever, doing something. Mission accomplished.