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Enhancing and Managing Regionally Oriented Individuals and Organizations

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Final rept. Jul 2013-Jun 2014

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The January 2012 defense strategic guidance document, Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership Priorities for 21st Century Defense, emphasized the need to develop innovative, low-cost, and small-footprint approaches to achieve our security objectives, relying on exercises, rotational presence, and advisory capabilities. 1 In his December 2012 speech to the National Press Club, entitled The Force of the 21st Century, Secretary of Defense SECDEF Leon Panetta echoed and reinforced the January 2012 defense strategic guidance document. In particular, he highlighted the need for a smaller, leaner, agile, and flexible military, adept at building partner capacity and security cooperation.2 In June 2013, SECDEF Chuck Hagel delivered a speech at the International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue, Singapore, in which he emphasized the need to continue to strengthen existing alliances, forge new partnerships, and build coalitions especially, but not exclusively, in the Asia-Pacific region. He stated, This rebalancing should not, however, be misinterpreted. The U.S. has allies, interests and responsibilities across the globe. The Asia-Pacific rebalance is not a retreat from other regions of the world. 3 Recently, at the May 2014 Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Secretary Hagel again emphasized Our people, our capabilities, our partnerships They will be my guiding focus, all the leadership of DOD s guiding focus as we reshape, rebalance, and reform our defense enterprise for the challenges ahead and ensure Americas global leadership. This will require innovation and agility in every area. And it will require engagement around the world. 4 Most recently, at the May 2014 commencement ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy, President Barack Obama also emphasized partnerships.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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