Friday, January 6, 2012

'Military will be leaner but will maintain superiority': Obama vows U.S. will stay world's top military power despite budget cuts

Barack Obama vowed today to maintain the best-equipped military in history, despite dramatic defence cuts which top Pentagon leaders admit will increase the risks to the U.S.

'Our military will be leaner, but the world must know the United States is going to maintain our military superiority,' Mr Obama said in a rare appearance in the Pentagon briefing room.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and several top military brass lined up on the stage behind him, underscoring Pentagon support for cuts that Mr Panetta and others said they know will be criticised as too drastic.

The strategy will ditch traditional 'Cold War-era systems' and concentrate instead on unmanned drones and electronic cyberwarfare.

Mr Obama said the emerging strategy overhaul is designed to contend with hundreds of billions of dollars in budget cuts and refocus the United States' national security priorities after a decade dominated by the post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Read More