Hagel: Despite military cuts, U.S. to deliver on its Asia-Pacific security promises
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. will follow through on its Pacific security emphasis, in a speech to a conference in Singapore on Saturday.
Posted: Saturday, June 1, 2013 12:00 am
SINGAPORE — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel today sought to allay concerns among Asia-Pacific nations that steep military spending cuts will prevent the United States from delivering on its promises to place a new emphasis on security in the region.
“It is true that the Department of Defense will have fewer resources than in the past,” Hagel said during his much anticipated speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue. “It would be unwise and shortsighted, however, to conclude that our commitment to the rebalance cannot be sustained.”
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Saturday, June 1, 2013 12:00 am.