While some defense analysts have criticized the “small footprint” concept underlying the rebalancing of Pentagon forces to the Asia-Pacific, leaders from U.S. allies in the region seem to embrace the idea. In two separate recent media briefings connected to this month’s trip to the Asia-Pacific region by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Malaysian and Indonesian military leaders said regional security will depend on the cooperation the smaller U.S. pivot will entail — with a bump in ...


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