Obama: Future Force Will be Smaller, Agile, Ready
By Dialogo January 09, 2012
At a moment of national transition, the United States is reshaping defense priorities and its military force to sustain U.S. global leadership and respond to changing security and fiscal needs, President Barack Obama said on January 5, at the Pentagon.
Obama joined U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to introduce a new military strategy that sets priorities for a 21st-century defense.
“The United States of America is the greatest force for freedom and security that the world has ever known,” Obama said. “In no small measure, that’s because we’ve built the best-trained, best-led, best-equipped military in history — and as commander in chief, I’m going to keep it that way.”
Looking beyond the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and long-term nation-building with large military footprints, Obama said the United States will be able to ensure its security with smaller conventional ground forces and by investing in capabilities that include intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and the ability to operate in environments where adversaries try to deny access.
“Yes, our military will be leaner,” he said, “but the world must know the United States is going to maintain our military superiority with armed forces that are agile, flexible and ready for the full range of contingencies and threats.”