US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said today while touring Asia that the US would move the bulk of its navy to the region. While it’s not the first time a US official has spoke of the Asian shift in focus for the US military Panetta’s comments did offer more detail than we had heard before. For instance, Panetta said the US would keep 6 aircraft carriers and their battle groups in the Pacific. Of course Panetta tried to down play the notion that the shift in US forces was meant to counter balance China’s rise by stressing that both countries saw the need for constructive engagement. Link to full story below.
Panetta: Majority of US warships moving to Asia