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Obama's New Global Posture

The Logic of U.S. Foreign Deployments

Authors: Michèle Flournoy, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense, and Janine A. Davidson, Former Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
July/August 2012
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Tough economic times are often met in Washington with calls for retrenchment. But for decades, write two former top Pentagon officials, long-term forward deployments of U.S. forces and robust alliances have guaranteed stability and uninterrupted trade, the very conditions the United States needs for economic prosperity. The Obama administration gets it.

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