US shifts defense strategy to Pacific

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GENERAL. U.S. General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attended a plenary session at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 11th Asia Security Summit in Singapore on June 2, 2012 before visiting the Philippines on June 3 to 4. Photo from AFP

The United States announced a major shift in its defense strategy: from the current 50-50 split between Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic, it will reposition the majority of its naval fleet to the Pacific by 2020. This was announced by top US military officials in an annual security summit in Singapore, called the Shangri-la Dialogue, over the weekend. Aside from deploying more ships to the Pacific, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta also said they will also expand their network of military partnerships in the region as part of a “steady, deliberate effort to bolster the US role in an area deemed vital to America’s future.” The defense minister of France noted that Europe should rethink its own defense strategy as this shift does not bode well for them. After the summit, General Martin Dempsey, the highest ranking armed forces office of the US, visited his counterparts in Manila, a key US ally. 

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