The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, the influential defense think tank, has called on the U.S. military to redraw the map of military bases scattered throughout the Middle East.
Last week, Military.com reported on the center’s report, which concludes “Tehran’s investment in anti-ship and precision guided missiles designed to strike targets throughout the region, combined with sophisticated air defense systems, means that U.S. may have to shift its presence in the region in the coming decade.”
The discussion of U.S. military force structure in the Middle East is especially timely because of the release of the Pentagon’s new strategy about two weeks ago, and the expected release this week of the fiscal 2013 budget request that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said will flesh out the execution of that strategy.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006, and launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.