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#SecDef will travel to #Asia this week to highlight the U.S. military's re-focus on the region:

Panetta Travels to Asia to Discuss Refocus on Region By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md., May 30, 2012 – Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will put meat on the bones of what the refocus on the Asia-Pacific region means to the U.S. military during a week-long trip to Asia that begins today. Panetta will speak about the new defense strategic guidance with friends and allies, senior defense officials speaking on background told reporters yesterday at the Pentagon. Panetta will repeat what has become a mantra: that the United States is a Pacific power and will remain one, and that the region’s nations have grown behind the shield of stability and security America has provided in the area, officials said. This is Panetta’s second trip to the region since taking office. “The core of what we’re trying to do in this swing through Asia is give a co...

Full article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=116542

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