US military seeks to spread skills around the world to ease burden on itself
Djiboutian Maj. Daher Meraneh Arreh explains to U.S. Air Force Col. Jon Gullett, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa communication director, how he would like to train his soldiers
June 28th, 2012
09:11 PM ET

US military seeks to spread skills around the world to ease burden on itself

By Jennifer Rizzo

The U.S. military plans to deploy specialized Army units around the globe as part of an effort to build worldwide military partnerships, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.

The first units will be deployed to Africa Command next year. These units, known as brigade combat teams, will specialize in the culture and language of the geographic places in which they are operating.

"Those security cooperation capabilities and skill sets once considered the exclusive province of the special operations community will need to be built up and retained across the force and among civilians," said Panetta. "In particular, it is critical that we invest in language training and cultural expertise throughout the Department (of Defense)."

Panetta made the announcement during a speech at the U.S. Institute of Peace that outlined a department-wide initiative to build international partnerships by increasing the security capabilities of nations in every part of the globe.

"In the past, the United States often assumed the primary role of defending others. We built permanent bases. We deployed large forces across the globe to fixed positions. We often assumed that others were not willing or capable of defending themselves," said Panetta. "Our new strategy recognizes that this is not the world we live in anymore."

Listing a myriad of examples, Panetta said the United States will continue counterterrorism work in the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and Asia; will work with partners in the Persian Gulf to counter Iran's threat, will invest in missile defense with allies in Northeast Asia to challenge North Korea's threat, and will work with nations in the Western Hemisphere to tackle the problem of drug trafficking.

"I want to see the military retain the hard-won capability to train and advise foreign security forces in support of stability operations like in Iraq and Afghanistan. But I also want us to become better at working with more capable security partners on our shared security interests," he said.

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  1. lance

    nuke the third world to many of them anyway, cant stay on their birth control than will have to solve the problem for them.

    June 30, 2012 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Idiots.

      We’ve been training others around the globe for decades and all it gets us is shot by our own ‘allies’.

      July 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  2. helenecha

    I don't think it's time for US military to stay respectable that way. God bless you, every American soldier!

    June 30, 2012 at 3:30 am | Reply
    • saeed

      god must bless them because there is nothing left for us to do for them after all they are dead.

      June 30, 2012 at 3:38 am | Reply
  3. NN

    Since when is murder and mayhem considered a skill. The legacy of US Special Operations training in South America is an abomination: big bad Special Forces trained locals slaughtering rural Amerindians. And the Mexican Special Forces has become a major recruitment pool for the drug cartels, many of their extreme intimidation tactics are right out of the counter-insurgency operations handbook. This is the last thing we need, the record is not good.

    June 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  4. kevinrsandy

    I see now the US wants to expand its 'empire of bases' even wider and wider around the globe. Well, whatever we say, support or critics, the US is powerful and powerful enough to assume this strategy.

    June 29, 2012 at 9:31 am | Reply
  5. The Dude

    Saeed, China will NOT drop anything that would ultimately end in their loss of FREE TRADE. As P-Diiddy best said,,,,"Its all about the Benjamins, Baby"

    June 29, 2012 at 7:55 am | Reply
  6. saeed

    usa and britain are a joke china will drop one bombe and they game will be over its a joke usa going to war usa cant even wipe its own ass. its a joke f-22 super duper plane or something cnn must be stupid whats the f-22 going to do against chinese and russian space weapon systems. anyway its you people that is going to be reduced to atom sized particals when china drops its bombe on london and new york to be honest i think just one will do the job.

    June 29, 2012 at 2:25 am | Reply
    • Ro

      obviously you're unaware of the destruction that the west has in capable weapons. Space weapons? China has just recently been sending their astronauts into space so how would they even be close to any space weapons?

      June 29, 2012 at 7:56 am | Reply
    • Quigley

      I well remember that back in the 1980's Pres. Reagan was very adamant n militarizing outer space as he transformed this country from the biggest creditor nation in the world into the biggest debtor one in the world today. He should never have been elected, saeed.

      June 29, 2012 at 8:18 am | Reply
      • saeed

        china buildt its first nuclear weapon 50 years ago before your mother was born china sent its satellite into space 42 years ago these things that your talking about have been done many decades ago.

        June 29, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • SRG

      Wow! Your life sucks i can tell. lol.
      You are the definition of FAIL!
      Remove yourself from this earth. Haha.

      July 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply

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