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Much discussion has been generated over the still relatively new U.S. strategic “Pivot to Asia” and what this will mean for our national defense policy and force structure. This pivot represents what will become a multi-year shift from the legacy of 9-11, with over a decade’s focus on ground and counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, to a rebalancing of national effort, emphasizing air, naval, and space (both orbital and cyber) forces, focused on a rising China. Concern now exists that China, with the world’s largest population of over 1.3 billion people and the world’s second largest economy, will potentially emerge as a peer competitor to the United States.
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First appeared in the United States Army War College Newsletter. Bunker, R. J. (2013). Op-ed: The need for a ‘half-pivot’ to the Americas. Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College. Retrieved from http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/index.cfm/articles/The-Need-For-A-Half-Pivot-to-the-Americas/2013/01/07