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
Before 9/11 forces were primarily intended to be used in the theatre in which they were stationed. The Pentagon moved to a ‘global force provider’ model in support of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and then worldwide. Under this model forces could be drawn from anywhere to support operations where needed in the world
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