Pentagon Global Posture Review blasted for lack of China action
Added 11-30-21 08:35:02pm EST - “Critics across the spectrum say the strategic blueprint ordered up by President Biden and outlined by Pentagon officials Monday falls far short of its own self-described mission: to reorient the U.S. military to face what Defense…” - Washingtontimes.com
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The Pentagon‘s much-touted Global Posture Review is racking up some pretty brutal reviews of its own.
Critics across the spectrum say the strategic blueprint ordered up by President Biden and outlined by Pentagon officials Monday falls far short of its own self-described mission: to reorient the U.S. military to face what Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin calls the “pacing threat” posed by a rising China in the Indo-Pacific region.
Nine months of study, internal debate and analysis resulted in a review that largely embraced the status quo for U.S. deployments around the world, aside from “operational-level adjustments we have already announced and a couple of other challenges that are still being developed,” as one senior Defense Department official explained to reporters in a background call.
No major shift of troops from Europe, the Middle East or Africa was announced. In the “priority theater” of Asia itself, the only significant apparent recommendations — the review as a whole is not being made public — included sending new fighter and bomber aircraft to Australia, establishing a new permanent squadron of attack helicopters in South Korea, and seeking new money to beef up existing U.S. military facilities in Guam, Australia and the Northern Mariana Islands.
The GPR talks of upgrading U.S. military alliances in the region and seeking new bases, but any major new initiatives will “manifest [themselves] over the next two or three years or so,” the Defense Department briefer said.
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