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US to consult allies for Global Force Posture review

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III

He emphasized that US will consult its allies and partners as the US conduct this review. From Afghanistan and the Middle East, across Europe, Africa and our own hemisphere, to the wide expanse of the Western Pacific, the United States stands shoulder-to-shoulder with allies old and new, partners big and small as that brings to the mission unique skills, knowledge and capabilities.

Washington, Feb 5: At the directions of the US President Joe Biden, the Defense Department will conduct a global force posture review of US military footprint, resources, strategy and missions and for that Washington will consult its allies and partners.

“President Biden’s call today for American leadership on the world stage, and in particular his belief that diplomacy should be our first tool of choice, is reassuring not only to the men and women of the Department of Defense, but to our fellow citizens as well. It means the United States, never afraid to fight when we must, will also never be afraid to engage in difficult discussions and negotiations,”Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said.

He emphasized that US will consult its allies and partners as the US conduct this review. From Afghanistan and the Middle East, across Europe, Africa and our own hemisphere, to the wide expanse of the Western Pacific, the United States stands shoulder-to-shoulder with allies old and new, partners big and small as that brings to the mission unique skills, knowledge and capabilities.

It will include allocating military forces in pursuit of national interests. The review will be led by the Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, in close consultation with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“The Defense Department must be ever-ready to buttress the hard work of diplomacy, to support it with the capabilities our nation needs to make clear our determination and to secure our interests when challenged. If we must fight, we must win. That requires a laser-focus on talent and training, innovation and leadership, forward presence and readiness,” he said.

He referred to President Kennedy who once observed, diplomacy and defense are not mutually-exclusive. They complement one another. They each make the other stronger. And each alone will likely fail.

He stressed that President Biden reminded that risk of such failure is still high, and that the costs of American leadership — also high — are still worth paying. “The American people are safer when we act in concert with our allies and in accordance with our values. And he challenges us to remember that, while force may be the final, diplomacy must be the first arbiter of our peace and security,” he added.

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