December 5, 2012

U.S. Army Has Key Role in Asia Pivot

Richard Weitz, World Politics Review

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The U.S Army has long had a strong presence in the Pacific, due to its bases in California and Hawaii, and Asia, due to bases in Japan, South Korea and, until 1992, the Philippines. The human experience of being “in country” provides valuable cultural and practical information that cannot be gathered through the use of drones and satellites. The Army recognizes the need for such “special” information, especially after having fought the unconventional wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where cultural sensitivity quickly became the highest priority in both population-centric counterinsurgency campaigns.

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