An Interview with Samuel J. Locklear III
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV FORT MCNAIR DC
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The strategy that the President put out last year could not have been better timed. The strategy was a byproduct of discussions we were all having about what happens to the U.S. military the joint force as we go forward into the future after what we believe will be the conclusion of more than 10 years of war in the Middle East. Our forces have to be very much appreciated for the magnificent work they have done there under some difficult challenges and environments. To some degree it has shaped our joint force in a way that might not be the best for what we see as our emerging interests in the 21st century. So what this rebalance represents is a hard look at where the interests of the United States are and what will concern our children and grandchildren most in the future. Every vector pointed to the Asia-Pacific and, in fact, the Indo-Asia- Pacific in significant ways where not only our security interests will be at stake but our economic interests, too. That s kind of where this started. So I was lucky to come into this job with that kind of guidance.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics