Obama Redefining Defense Strategies And Spending

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President Obama has issued a new defense strategy of limiting the country’s armed forces at a time of tight budgets, but also promised to maintain US as the most powerful military force- ready for the full range of contingencies and threats. He said strong presence will be maintained in Asia Pacific and budget cuts will not harm the security of the country.

US is shifting its focus from Europe to Asia-Pacific and for this a strategic alliance has been announced with Australia. For the counter insurgency strategy in Afghanistan, US plans to rely more on unmanned drones for surveillance and attacks, as done in Iraq.

President Obama states that they will continue to invest in critical alliances and partnership, and especially remain vigilant in Middle East. He vowed to get rid of “outdated Cold War-era systems” and instead aims to strengthen intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, as well as counterterrorism. He said defense spending will grow at a slower pace, compared to after September 11. Obama has already earmarked defense budget cuts of $489bn over 10 years.