Reduction in military spending does not affect the good name of the scale of U.S. troops
Global Network reporter Chang reported, according to South Korean media reports, the U.S. government has reiterated that although the United States plans to reduce the defense budget and force reductions Lujun Bing, but the scale of U.S. troops will not be affected.
According to Korea, “Chosun Ilbo” reported on January 29, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Local 26 ? Introduction “fiscal year 2013 defense budget,” said: “We will be in South Korea and Middle East, the size of ground forces stationed effective. “
Panetta pointed out that the end of the war in Iraq and the United States, financial difficulties and other factors, the size of the U.S. military will be relatively narrow, but will remain” agile, flexible, technologically advanced fighting. ” Panetta also said: “The Army in the Korean Peninsula and other forces to maintain effective Pacific situation, the Middle East, too, can respond in times of peace will remain a war situation.”
“Chosun Ilbo” analysis that Panetta emphasized that the two regions on the Korean Peninsula “to maintain effective forces”, some people may be made taking into account the “implementation of the new U.S. defense strategy will reduce U.S. forces,” the speculation. However, Panetta said: “We will also focus on policy cycle stationed to carry out exercises in other parts of the world and provide support.” His comments suggest the presence of USFK system may vary.
reported that according to the content U.S. Department of Defense released the same day, the U.S. Army population will decline to “9 ? 11″ terrorist attacks the previous level. U.S. Department of Defense decided in 2010 to 57 million of Lu Junbing force will be reduced by 2017 to 49 million. Navy also reduced from the current 202,000 to 18.2 million. In addition, the defense budget for fiscal year 2013 totaled $ 813 billion (including $ 88 billion in war in Afghanistan), compared with the previous year declined by 9%.
According to the Korea International Radio reported that the U.S. Pacific Command Robert ? Willard said he did not believe that the strategic role of the USFK will be much change. Willard said, taking into account the future security environment, if necessary, and operation of such forces will take appropriate measures, but the role of U.S. troops will not change.