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Panetta to Unveil Defense Strategy Next Month as Budget Prelude

December 14, 2011

Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta next month will unveil results of the Pentagon’s strategic review of U.S. roles, missions and worldwide posture, his spokesman said today.

“Specific plans for public rollout haven’t been finalized, but you can expect the secretary and other officials to start to talk about the strategy we have worked through, the process by which we are building the fiscal 2013 budget and eventually the budget itself,” spokesman George Little told reporters.

Then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates earlier this year, when the review was announced, said it was important for the public and Congress to get a full understanding of strategic choices for the U.S. military as it faced $450 billion in additional reductions through 2021, including about $261 billion through 2017.

The formal budget is released in February.

“You can expect the secretary to talk publicly in January about the strategy,” Little said. “This is something he thinks is extremely important to convey to the American people -- what the American military in the 21st century is going to do and what some of those trade-offs might need to be” to accommodate a shrinking budget.

“It’s not just about the budget but the capabilities of the U.S. military and the threats we will continue to face,” Little said.

--Editors: Terry Atlas, Stephanie Stoughton

To contact the reporter on this story: Tony Capaccio in Washington at acapaccio@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at msilva34@bloomberg.net


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