Modern war has decimated many a country; but it has always spawned millions of bureaucrats. They fatten on shortages and thrive on trouble. Peace can never offer such opportunities for exercising petty tyrannies, using red tape to regiment the individual and making life generally unpleasant.
Never send a battalion to take a hill if a regiment is available. - Dwight D. Eisenhower
A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter. - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.