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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Dr. James Jay Carafano
While the administration famously announced in 2011 that it planned to ‘pivot to Asia’, there are few shifts in global basing that suggest that. The much touted Darwin Initiative - basing 2,500 US marines in Australia - is a promise that will only be realised in the far future
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