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Western Hemisphere Defense Policy Statement

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The United States is at a strategic inflection point. As directed in the Secretary of Defense s January 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance, and as we responsibly draw down from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and take steps to protect our nation s economic vitality, the U.S. military will, of necessity, rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region. At the same time, reflecting the President s direction to preserve American global leadership, the Strategic Guidance also directs that the U.S. military will continue to contribute to security globally. The Department of Defense DoD will seek to build partnership capacity elsewhere in the world to share the costs and responsibilities required to ensure global peace and security, including in the Americas. This Western Hemisphere Defense Policy Statement outlines DoD s roles and missions to advance the President s vision and DoD s policy for the Americas. Within the Western Hemisphere, we will seek to be the security partner of choice, enhancing existing partnerships and pursuing new ones with nations whose interests and viewpoints are merging into a common vision of freedom, stability, and prosperity. In a resource constrained environment, DoD will focus its security cooperation efforts in the hemisphere to enhance partnering bilaterally and regionally, based on shared security interests. Specifically, DoD will support the role of defense institutions in addressing the threats of the 21st century, help partners develop mature and professional forces, and promote integration and interoperability. Strengthening multilateral linkages and mechanisms for defense cooperation will also be a focus of our efforts. These priorities will steer DoD efforts in the Western Hemisphere.

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