On Feb. 4, roughly two weeks into office, U.S. President Joe Biden ordered Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to lead a Global Posture Review of all American forces deployed overseas.
The aim was to make sure that the military's footprint fit the administration's foreign policy and national security priorities -- in other words, China. The review was widely expected to conclude around the summer, but deep into October, it is still underway inside the walls of the Pentagon.
"It sure seems like a funny way out of the gate, when we say China is the biggest challenge in the Pacific, and it's mostly a maritime challenge, and then go cut the number of warships they are buying. That doesn't make a lot of sense," said Tom Shugart, an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and an expert on the Chinese military threat.
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