Obama unveils defense strategy for a changing, austere world

By Yochi J. Dreazen

January 5, 2012

The Pentagon's new strategy for countering emerging threats in an era of shrinking resources reflects the Obama administration's belief that ground wars like Afghanistan are a thing of the past while air and naval conflicts against nations like Iran or China will be the biggest security challenges facing the U.S. in the years ahead.

The document unveiled by President Obama during an unusual Pentagon visit is a blueprint of sorts for the military in the years ahead. It is a clear reflection of the new budgetary realities facing the military as its budget starts falling after a decade of steady growth. Military funding will fall by more than $450 billion in the years ahead; if automatic sequestration cuts take effect, it will lose another $500 billion.

Below are some of the strategy's key points:


By Yochi J. Dreazen

January 5, 2012

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