26 Jan '14, 12pm

Future of the Army in Asia: Less War, More Diplomacy ~via NDIA

Future of the Army in Asia: Less War, More Diplomacy ~via NDIA

Since the Obama administration directed the U.S. military in 2012 to turn its attention to the Pacific region, Army leaders have made it known that they will not play second fiddle to their sister armed services in the so-called pivot to Asia. Army officials were irked when the Navy and the Air Force teamed up and produced an "air-sea battle" concept that suggested the United States would rely primarily on naval and air assets to fight a major war in the Pacific Rim. Army leaders have countered that most Asian powers have strong land-based armies and that ground forces would be essential in any scenario. A new study by an influential think tank suggests the Army will have a role in Asia, but mostly a peaceful one, at least through the next decade. The immediate priorities for the Army in Asia should be to establish and nurture relationships with friendly militaries, and as...

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