The Columbus Dispatch

Pentagon: Few changes to US overseas military ‘footprint’


WASHINGTON – The Pentagon has decided no immediate major changes are needed in the global positionin­g of U.S. forces, although it will further analyze force needs in the Middle East and make refinements in Asia and the Pacific, officials said Monday.

The outcome of the study, which began in March at Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s direction, reflects a complex security picture facing the Biden administra­tion, which fully withdrew from Afghanista­n in August but is increasing­ly concerned about countering China in the Asia-pacific region and Russia in Europe. Iran presents a further challenge, including in Iraq and Syria, which makes it hard to allocate more forces to other parts of the world.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United States