Thursday, January 5, 2012
New Pentagon defense strategy puts more focus on Asia?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama unveiled a defense strategy on Thursday that calls for greater U.S. military presence in Asia and envisions cutting troops in Europe as the Pentagon seeks to reduce spending by nearly half a trillion dollars after a decade of war.
Obama, in a Pentagon news conference alongside Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, released a strategy document that calls for the United States to maintain a force that can win one war while still having the capability to deter the objectives of an adversary in a second conflict.
That is a shift away from the military's often repeated goal of being able to fight and prevail in two wars in different theaters simultaneously.See Video here.