A Pentagon examine prompted by Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin in March concluded just lately, with the Pentagon saying Monday no main modifications are wanted within the positioning of U.S. military forces across the globe, based on The Associated Press.
Nevertheless, officers mentioned Monday they’d proceed to research forces wanted within the Center East, together with adjusting forces in Asia and throughout the Pacific.
The examine comes after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in August, because the Biden administration faces advanced issues about China’s affect within the Asia-Pacific area, in addition to Russia’s actions in Europe, particularly regarding Ukraine.
The examine is the primary of a number of deliberate assessments of the administration’s protection priorities and the insurance policies surrounding them. The deliberate research embrace a assessment of the present nuclear forces and a assessment of the insurance policies that associate with their potential use, set to be completed early in 2022.
The Pentagon is reportedly additionally engaged on revisions to the Nationwide Protection Technique, the framework for the administration’s protection insurance policies together with the position of nuclear weapons, modernizing the nation’s armed forces, cyber threats and worldwide alliances.
In September, the U.S. introduced a partnership with Britain and Australia to enhance coordination of their protection, safety and diplomatic efforts within the Asia-Pacific area, together with Australia buying nuclear-powered submarines from the U.S. and Britain, a transfer seen by many as one made with China particularly in thoughts.
An official who spoke anonymously to reporters together with the AP earlier than the report’s launch mentioned a number of different changes to placement of forces within the Asia-Pacific area are being labored on, however require additional conversations and approval with overseas governments.
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Iran presents an additional problem, together with in Iraq and Syria, which makes it troublesome to allocate extra U.S. forces to different components of the world.
With China in thoughts, the Pentagon plans to make infrastructure enhancements in some components of the Pacific, together with in Guam. The U.S. can be set to extend rotational power deployments to Australia.
The Austin examine, referred to as the International Posture Overview, has set the stage for changes to U.S. power positioning within the coming two to a few years, based on a senior protection official who briefed reporters on the end result.
In April, Austin introduced plans to develop the U.S. army presence in Germany by 500 troops and a halt to planning for large-scale troops cuts that had been ordered by the Trump administration. On the time of Austin’s announcement, U.S. and European officers had been expressing concern a few buildup of Russian forces close to Ukraine’s border. That disaster abated, however in current weeks it has returned amid fear that Moscow may be planning a army incursion into Ukraine.