Pentagon to give special focus to Asia: Mullen

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  1. sesha_maruthi27

    sesha_maruthi27 Senior Member Senior Member

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    (PTI): With North Korea displaying an aggressive posture and China becoming increasingly assertive, the US Defense Department would lend special focus to Asia to demonstrate a "responsible military leadership" in the region, America's top military leader has said.

    In his annual guidance for 2011, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the US would closely monitor the developments in North Korea while seeking to resume appropriate military-to-military ties with China.

    "In response to an aggressive North Korea and a more assertive China, our efforts to balance risk have increasingly focused on Asia.

    "We will demonstrate responsible military leadership in the region that both reassures our allies and partners and strengthens the international norms that serve the interests of all nations," said Admiral Mullen.

    Pentagon will closely monitor the uncertainty stemming from political succession in North Korea and maintain a robust deterrent against future provocations, he said.

    "We seek to resume appropriate military-to-military relations with China in order to prevent miscommunication and foster cooperation on areas of mutual interest," Mullen said.

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates is travelling to China next week to resume military to military dialogue with China.

    "We will be prepared to support and defend our freedom of navigation and access to the global commons. Our partners and allies are our greatest strategic asset in the region. We will work with them to conduct multilateral exercises and operations that enhance broader regional stability," he said.

    Mullen said the United States must continue to balance global strategic risk by maintaining a ready, forward presence and available forces that can meet the full scope of its security commitments.

    "Since our top priority this year is success in Afghanistan, our air and maritime forces must shoulder additional responsibilities and provide the primary capabilities to balance global strategic risk elsewhere," he said.

    As the US faces additional challenges and opportunities elsewhere around the globe, it must continue to support local efforts to combat the extremist threat that emanates from places like Somalia, Yemen and North Africa, he asserted.

    "To do so, we will complement US and international development, governance, and rule of law efforts - the true bedrock of a sustainable counter-terror strategy.

    "In Europe, we will also implement a new NATO Strategic Concept by placing increased emphasis on cyber security, ballistic missile defense, and non-proliferation. US and NATO will engage Russia in a number of common challenges," Mullen said.

    The past year, he said, has demonstrated that balancing global strategic risk requires an agile and adaptive joint force that can respond to contingencies across the globe.

    Balancing global strategic risk also requires improving America's capabilities to operate in cyberspace.

    "We are lagging behind in addressing this threat both as an institution and as a nation. Over the last year, we made significant headway by standing up Cyber Command and by further evaluating and normalising our constructs for cyberspace operations," he said.
     
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  3. anoop_mig25

    anoop_mig25 Senior Member Senior Member

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    special focus to asian region or on asian defence market ?
     
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    Putting my American Cap on - Good News for India. The way US should this is firstly remove the technology transfer embargo's that still exist with India and secondly offer its advanced weaponry cheaper to force China to also spend a lot on upping its military industrial complex. Also elevate India's status in the world stage amongst others like trade ( free trade agreement)
     
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    Free trade, technology transfer are not so easy with America............

    America never gives anything for free. For example F-35 was developed jointly by Israel and U.S. But Israel was told to buy F-35 with full cost and with the condition of no technology transfer....
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    What is the link to the news report?
     
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    Special Focus was always on Asia.. Vietnam, Korea, Iraq ,Iran Afghanistan,Israel,Yemen, Pakistan, China etc... So whats new?
     
  9. anoop_mig25

    anoop_mig25 Senior Member Senior Member

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    sorry we should be never in any arms race with china china can afford it our economy doesn`t we should develop india first. defence capabilities should be developed so as to protect our self effectively against our enemy taking their defence capabilities in mind . we should not become pawns of other nations proxy-war.let them fight let their be arm race amongst themself
     

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