Panetta announces new strategy with Asia
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta shakes hands with Japanese Senior Vice Defense Minister Shu Watanabe at the Asia Security Summit in Singapore.
June 2nd, 2012
05:56 PM ET

Panetta announces new strategy with Asia

By CNN's Liz Neisloss

SINGAPORE (CNN) - As part of a "rebalancing" with Asia, the United States will enhance military-to-military cooperation with China while also boosting the capabilities of its allies in the region, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Saturday.

Panetta detailed the new defense strategy to a gathering of Asia's military leaders, saying the majority of U.S. warships would move to Asia.

"By 2020 the Navy will reposture its forces from today's roughly 50-50 split from the Pacific and Atlantic to a 60-40 split in those oceans," Panetta said.

"We will also invest - invest in cyber, invest in space, invest in unmanned systems, invest in special forces operations," he said. "We will invest in the newest technologies. And we will invest in new technology to mobilize quickly, if necessary," Panetta said.

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