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Rapid Fire August 1st, 2012: No Sequester for Personnel | China’s Not Making Any Friends

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Japan issued its 2012 defense white paper expressing its concern with China’s mix of assertiveness and lack of transparency: “[I]n the Asia-Pacific region, where a lack of transparency and elements of uncertainty still exist, the presence of the U.S. forces remains extremely important in order to achieve regional stability. Japan and other countries have established bilateral alliances and friendly relations with the U.S. and they allow the stationing and deployment of U.S. forces in their territories. In addition, measures have recently been taken to further strengthen the presence of the U.S. forces.” We were hoping to find a proper, searchable version of the CSIS report to Congress on the US posture in the Pacific, but so far that has proved elusive, so here’s the crappy fax scan [PDF] posted by SASC Chairman Levin [D-MI]. No wonder the US Congress is universally loathed for its inefficacy when it cannot even figure out Information Sharing 101 with their constituents. There’s relatively little disagreement on the fundamental strategic focus on Asia/Pacific between the think tank and the Pentagon. Where CSIS is more critical is on whether DoD properly articulated that strategy or is planning resources to support it “in a way that reflects […]

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