Obama unveils his plan for leaner, cheaper military
Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama traveled to the Pentagon Thursday to unveil his plan for a leaner, cheaper military that will retain the ability to fight terrorism and confront new threats from countries like China and Iran.
"We are determined to maintain a ready and capable force, even as we reduce our overall capacity," the administration said in a summary of its defense priorities released as the president began to speak. "Our global responsibilities are significant; we cannot afford to fail."
The administration singled out China and Iran, pledging to keep sea lanes open and successfully combat missile, electronic, cyber and other threats.
pdf link to 8 page Pentagon Defense Strategic Guidance report:
The Defense Strategic Guidance document is a very interesting read.
- It mention development of a new stealth bomber, but there seems to be a specific focus on cyber, a less-traditional warfare environment. Which only makes sense;
- Sounds to me we're going to use standoff weapons from air and sea, e.g. more drone strikes;
- There's also an indication of troop drawdown in Europe which implies base closures in that theater. Very interesting.
I applaud this move.