Friday, January 6, 2012

New defense strategy released

The new U.S. military strategy calls for a leaner military, reducing lower-priority forces and duplicative operations and ending the practice of maintaining a force that can fight and win in two theaters. The report, released at a press conference Thursday, calls for investments in special forces and technological innovation, including cyber defense. The new strategy streamlines the military in an era of tighter budgets and reassesses defense priorities in light of China's rise and other global changes. Some leaders on Capitol Hill were critical. Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., said it's not the strategy for a superpower but "more a menu for mediocrity." Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said the announcement sends a signal to friend and foe alike about "America's diminished ability to project power on a global scale." (Sources: multiple, including CBS/AP, USA Today, Palm Beach Post, 01/05/12) Gulf Coast note: The Gulf Coast region has multiple military bases, including those involved in cyber security and special operations.