Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff speaks at Pacific Forum
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"Supporting Readiness and Global Projection"
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen.
The forum is a part of the
Dempsey explained the U.S. military's foremost role and responsibility as part of the forum.
"First and always, our military is our nation's insurance policy," Dempsey said. "Our most fundamental task is to protect the homeland and our citizens. We keep the nation immune from coercion. We must stand ready to take direct combat action when asked at any time, in any place, against any adversary. That's what the American people expect."
There is a stronger need for assurance to partner nations however, than insurance challenges today, Dempsey said.
"There's an increasing appetite for our leadership to help maintain the international order," Dempsey said. "Frankly, our ability to provide this assurance is at risk due to a growing deficit between supply and demand. It's necessary that we make wise decisions about where and how to apply military power."
In order to lead at a strategic inflection point and to continue to provide military capability, Dempsey says that the U.S. armed forces need to become more agile in how forces are deployed and must expand the understanding of and approach to building partner capacity beyond bilateral operations.
"When time and patience investment come together, and stay together, we do make a difference," Dempsey said. "Partnering is a hallmark of the U.S. military and it will be even more important tomorrow, than it is today."
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