Rhumb Lines: Defense Strategic Guidance Rollout for 2012, January 6, 2012   [open pdf - 222KB]

"After 10 years of war, the United States and our military are at a strategic inflection point that requires transitioning from today's conflicts to tomorrow's challenges. Passage of the Budget Control Act of 2011 Aug. 2, 2011, required the Department of Defense to cut more than $450 billion from the Defense Base Budget over 10 years. The Department of Defense worked with the White House to develop strategic guidance, 'Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for the 21st Century,' which was presented Jan. 5. 2012 by President Obama and Defense Secretary Panetta to guide the size and shape of the defense force over subsequent program and budget cycles. The strategy outlines how the leaner, technologically superior force of the 21st century will remain capable across the spectrum of missions, focusing on areas including counter terrorism and irregular warfare; electronic and cyber warfare; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; missile and air defense; and retaining our ability to conduct counterinsurgency operations. The U.S. will use innovative methods to maintain a global presence such as rotational deployments and training exercises, with a premium on our special operations forces."

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