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President unveiling strategy for slimmed-down military



President Barack Obama is putting his personal stamp on a rejiggered Pentagon strategy for absorbing hundreds of billions of dollars in defense budget cuts.

In a rare appearance in the Pentagon press briefing room Thursday, the president announced that the military will be reshaped over time. The new policy will emphasize countering terrorism, maintaining a nuclear deterrent, protecting the U.S. homeland, and deterring and defeating aggression by any potential adversary.

Those are not new military missions, and Obama isn't announcing any new capabilities or defense initiatives. He's talking about a U.S. force that will retain much of its recent focus, with the exception of fighting a large-scale, prolonged conflict like the newly ended Iraq mission or the ongoing war in Afghanistan.


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