President Barack Obama will sharply cut ships, aircraft, and troops as part of a major reduction of U.S. military forces that will face even steeper downsizing in 2016, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel a
A few takeaways from this article: 1) It spins a positive light on a perceived decrease in military spending 2) it makes an interesting point about a refocusing of U.S. government resources:
Ostensibly, the force reductions are being made as the war in Afghanistan winds down and the administration is seeking to reposition forces to the Asia Pacific to deal with China’s growing military buildup and increasing assertiveness in making maritime claims over international waters.
The administration’s defense focus for the future is on “new technologies, new centers of power, and a world that is growing more volatile, more unpredictable, and in some instances more threatening to the United States,” Hagel said, adding that current defense spending limits have forced the military to “face significant readiness and modernization challenges next year.”
3) Could this be a sign of the decline of an empire that has been stretched too thin?
End of American Military Dominance