after two decades For the ongoing war in the Middle East and Central Asia, the Biden administration has unveiled its first comprehensive review of US troop deployments globally — and it envisions an almost unchanging military presence, with a strict adherence to Cold War-style bipartisanship. Hostility towards Russia and China.
The administration chose to publish only scant details of its review of the global situation on November 29, but in its naked, unclassified form. summary, and in Notes From Pentagon officials, the White House has made clear that the US military footprint will remain largely unchanged. “We strive to be as transparent as possible, but to avoid giving our adversaries any advantage, we need to protect the details about any immediate changes in our position,” a senior Pentagon official told reporters during a GPR briefing.
The unclassified summary contained little objective news. It depicts the steady expansion of US military assets in the Indo-Pacific – the geographical term the Pentagon uses to describe wide area In the eastern hemisphere surrounding China – as necessary “to deter potential Chinese military aggression and threats from North Korea.” While the Pentagon has provided some specific details about President Joe Biden’s future plans, the review notes an evolving strategy to further expand military capabilities near China, including by taking advantage of existing partnerships. “In Australia, you will see new deployments of fighters and bombers. You will see ground force training and increased logistical cooperation,” She said Mara Carlin, Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, at a press briefing. “So, we’re doing a lot and hopefully it will pay off in the coming years.” The Pentagon also confirmed that it is in the process of establishing an attack helicopter squadron and a permanent artillery division in South Korea.
Quoted from Biden Reflection, reversal, inversion Former President Donald Trump plan To limit the number of US forces in Germany at 25,000, the Pentagon said its review “strengthens US combat deterrence against Russian aggression and enables NATO forces to operate more effectively.” No new details were provided. In a direct reference to the ongoing tensions surrounding Ukraine’s future and Washington’s portrayal of Russian President Vladimir Putin as a threat to the former Soviet republic with troop movements near the border, Karelin said, “We are actually increasing the forces in Germany” to bolster NATO capacity. At the news conference with Carlin, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, a retired rear admiral, said the Biden administration “will continue to provide elements of security assistance, both lethal and non-lethal, to Ukraine.” “This administration remains committed to helping the Ukrainian military defend itself, defend its territorial integrity, and defend its people.”
The review also shows that for now, US forces will continue to operate in a “counter-terrorism” capacity across the Middle East and Africa without an immediate difference from Trump-era deployments. The summary states that the Pentagon will “conduct additional analysis on the requirements for a permanent situation in the Middle East” and assess whether it is “appropriately positioned to monitor threats from regional violent extremist organizations” in Africa. Currently, the United States has 2,500 publicly recognized troops on the ground in Iraq and an additional 900 in Syria.
While the Biden administration did not preserved The frenetic pace of drone strikes favored by Biden’s predecessors, it carried out strikes in many countries. August 29 strike In Afghanistan, during the US withdrawal, 10 civilians, including seven children, were killed. The unclassified review does not indicate what role drone strikes will play in Biden’s emerging military strategy. Carlin said the Pentagon is reviewing “assets and platforms” that have been deployed to Afghanistan and that may be “freed up” for use elsewhere as a result of the withdrawal.
In June, President Biden submitted a file summary to Congress on ongoing troop deployments and combat equipped forces, noting that such engagements are consistent with the War Powers Act. Biden wrote that U.S. counterterrorism forces continue to operate under the 2001 authorization for the use of military force, adding that “the United States has deployed forces with combat equipment to several locations in the central United States, Europe, Africa, southern India, and India.—Ocean Command Areas of Responsibility. Quiet”.
Biden’s letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was an unclassified summary with a classified supplement not available for public consumption. “If necessary, in response to terrorist threats, I will direct additional measures to protect the people and interests of the United States,” Biden wrote to Pelosi. “It is not currently possible to know the exact scope or duration of the deployment of US armed forces that will or will be necessary to counter terrorist threats to the United States.” Biden acknowledged that US forces remain on the ground in Yemen “to conduct operations against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS.”
In the letter, Biden reiterated his questionable claim that he had ended support for Saudi offensive operations against Houthi forces in Yemen, but acknowledged that the United States has more than 2,700 troops in Saudi Arabia, ostensibly to “protect US forces and interests in the region against hostilities by Iran or Iranian-backed groups.” Biden said these forces “provide air and missile defense capabilities and support the operation of US combat aircraft.”
The United States also maintains significant capabilities in the Horn of Africa despite Trump’s withdrawal of many military personnel from Somalia; These capabilities are mostly located in Kenya and Djibouti “for the purposes of preparing for counter-terrorism and piracy operations in the vicinity of the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.” Nick Torres’ report challenged the assertion that the United States had completely withdrawn from Somalia, and Torres withdrew exposed What appears to be some “creative accountability” by US Special Operations Command in Africa. On November 27, more than 1,000 National Guard soldiers from Virginia and Kentucky began diffusion As part of Task Force Red Dragon to the Horn of Africa, they will serve on forward operating bases. It is said to be the largest “single mobilization of the Virginia Guard since World War II”.
This deployment comes as the military and humanitarian situation has worsened in Ethiopia over the past year. The elected leader of the country, Abi Ahmed, is facing a major rebellion in the Tigray region that could topple the government. Ethiopia has long been an ally of the United States in East Africa, and its forces have been used fatal Ground forces for US “counter-terrorism” targets in Somalia. While Washington to caution To strike a general cautious tone in calling for a halt to the fighting, there are some softly poignant voices. commotion to change the system.
About 800 U.S. troops remain in Niger with additional forces in the Sahel and Chad Basin regions “to conduct airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations and to provide support to African and European partners conducting counterterrorism operations in the region, including by advising, assisting, and accompanying these partner forces.” ‘, according to Biden.
The Biden administration has begun to make a number of key decisions about the role of US “counterterrorism” forces in Africa and the Middle East, as attention has focused on Moscow and Beijing. With seditious postures looming with Russia regarding Ukraine and China in Taiwan, as well as continued US betrayal of the Iran nuclear deal, the White House may find itself facing multiple foreign policy crises simultaneously. Biden has spent his career working to shape the United States’ role in the world and campaigning to be the commander in chief. A year into his presidency, he largely maintains the US military chess pieces. For now.