Personal Liberty Digest™ will be upgraded this weekend to reflect a dynamic new look and mobile-friendly viewing to enhance your experience! Plus, we'll be providing even more of the compelling content you've come to expect, delivered in a whole new way!

  Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty

Defense Department Unveils New, Leaner Military Plan

January 6, 2012 by  

Defense Department Unveils New, Leaner Military Plan

President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, released the results of the Pentagon’s strategic review of U.S. roles and missions worldwide during a Thursday morning press conference.

White House and Pentagon planners will use the strategy to fund the budget Obama will submit to Congress in February. The strategy will lead to more than $450 billion in defense cuts over the next 10 years.

The defense plan calls for reduction in Army and Marine Corps troop strength and new investments to bolster the Air Force and Navy. With the reductions in force, the Defense Department said that there will be increases in special operations and military technology in space and cyberspace.

While focusing on the United States’ ability to conduct multiple wars simultaneously and shifting importance from major grounds operations such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan, the plan calls for an increased defense focus on Asia.

Panetta said the United States is at a major national defense turning point, as the Mideast wars are coming to an end while the U.S. economy is becoming an increasing national security concern.

“The Department of Defense will play its part in helping our Nation put its fiscal house in order,” he said.

Regardless of the fiscal shape of the country, though, Panetta said that a change in U.S. military strategy was inevitable to meet evolving national security concerns. The Defense Secretary said that the military will continue to carry out a wide range of missions, albeit with a smaller force size. A key part of the Defense Department’s reduction in force strategy involves putting in place a plan for quickly re-establishing large forces in the event of wide-scale military conflict.

A rebalanced global focus on the Asia-Pacific region and a broader part of the Mideast region is a key part of the Defense Department’s new plan. With a smaller force, Panetta said that the United States will rely on NATO allies to carry out many defense goals in the regions. Because, Dempsey said, strategic focus is changing to the Pacific region, the United States’ defense relationship with European allies will “evolve” over the course of the next decade.

Dempsey said that it is important to note that, despite the tough economic times facing the country, the strategy is not one of a military in decline but one of looking ahead to changing needs. A specific budget will be released later in the year.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Defense Department Unveils New, Leaner Military Plan”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at


Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.