America looks to pull back its global forces

The US has a large base in Ramstein, Germany (photo:dpa)
The US has a large base in Ramstein, Germany (photo:dpa)

US troops based around the world have carried out a role of global force provider supporting missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere where needed. But new strategic guidance and defence cuts mean there are likely to be shifts and reductions worldwide including Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

BARACK Obama starts his second term as President of the United States with a determination to shrink and pivot the footprint of US troops worldwide. But there are remarkably few clues as to what the White House really has in mind.

Over many years the United States has made only marginal adjustments in its global force structure other than the massive deployments in support of op...

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