The U.S. “rebalance” toward Asia, including the military’s so-called pivot to the Asia-Pacific realm, is “durable” and will persist and grow regardless of automatic, widespread budget cuts this fiscal year and lower overall spending levels in future years, according to the Pentagon’s No. 2 official. Just days ahead of the Obama administration’s fiscal 2014 budget request, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a Center for Strategic and International Studies audience in Washington ...

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