Pentagon's Military Strategy Criticized

By Shanker, Thom | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), August 1, 2012 | Go to article overview

Pentagon's Military Strategy Criticized


Shanker, Thom, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


WASHINGTON -- An independent review assessing the Obama administration's plans to move national security resources toward Asia and away from the Atlantic has criticized the Pentagon, saying it insufficiently explained how it would shift military forces to the region and how the government would sharpen its focus on rising security challenges across the Pacific.

The 110-page unclassified study, buttressed by a secret annex, also warns that plans for an Asia-Pacific emphasis have not been squared with increasingly tight budgets.

While the assessment does not declare the new Asia strategy to be an emperor with no clothes, it recommends that more must be done to persuade Congress to support and finance the strategy.

The administration announced plans early this year to pivot from Iraq and Afghanistan to focus national security resources on the Asia-Pacific region. As part of a broad congressional scrutiny into national security policy for the region, a bipartisan trio of senators backed a provision in the defense authorization bill for an independent critique of President Barack Obama's overall Asia- Pacific strategy.

The review, done by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington nonpartisan policy institute, found that the Defense Department "has not adequately articulated the strategy behind its force posture planning, nor aligned the strategy with resources in a way that reflects current budget realities."

The debate over what the Obama administration hopes will be a signature foreign policy realignment will resume today, when the study's two main authors, David J. Berteau and Michael J. Green, appear before a House Armed Services subcommittee. …

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