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The United States will step up its military deployment against China and Russia, while trying to maintain effective deterrence against Iran and jihadist groups in the Middle East, an official said on Monday. senior Pentagon official. & nbsp;
“We are currently studying (…) initiatives with our allies and partners to strengthen our credible deterrence against Russia,” said the official, announcing the completion of the US Department of Defense report on the news. United States' military posture in the world.
This report being classified as a defense secret, it did not however give any details on how the United States could strengthen its military apparatus aimed at countering the ambitions territories of Moscow or Beijing.
Adjustments to the US military deployment in Europe and the Indo-Pacific region are being discussed “but in this first year of administration, this is not the time to develop major strategic changes in our posture,” he said. she explained.
She recalled that the Pentagon has already announced investments to modernize the American naval base on the island of Guam, in the Pacific, and to strengthen its presence in Australia , where some 2,500 Marine Corps soldiers have so far been deployed every year in rotation of a few hundred for exercises.
“We are currently exploring a number of initiatives with our allies and partners, and you will see them materialize over the next two or three years,” she warned.
In Europe, the President Joe Biden reversed the decision to limit the American military personnel deployed in Germany to 2,500, and reaffirmed the United States' commitment to NATO, which his predecessor Donald Trump had questioned.
< p> With the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the recall to the United States of the Patriot anti-missile batteries that had been deployed in Saudi Arabia after missile fire on its oil fields attributed to pro-Iranian groups, the American military posture in the Middle Orient appears reduced.
In Iraq, Washington concluded an agreement with the Iraqi government in the summer which provides for the departure by the end of the year of all the “combat forces” from the country , although 2,500 American soldiers will remain there. “Our commitment is to continue supporting the anti-Islamic State coalition,” the official stressed.