An Australian army general next month will become the first foreign officer to assume a senior role in the U.S. Army’s Pacific command, as the Pentagon shifts its focus to Asia and builds alliances in the region.
“Seven of the top ten militaries in the world are in the [Asia-Pacific] region,” Gen. Wiercinski said in a conference call with journalists, adding that most of those militaries are “army dominant.”
Army-to-army relationships are key to existing and new U.S. alliances, he said, noting that “we have doing this for 60 years” with South Korea.
“Relationships matter,” said Gen. Wiercinski. “It’s very easy to say ‘No’ over a computer. It’s very different to say ‘No’ in person, especially to someone you know.”
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Shaun Waterman is an award-winning reporter for The Washington Times, covering foreign affairs, defense and cybersecurity. He was a senior editor and correspondent for United Press International for nearly a decade, and has covered the Department of Homeland Security since 2003. His reporting on the Sept. 11 Commission and the tortuous process by which some of its recommendations finally became ...
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