Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Report: DoD transforming Guam into security hub

Report: DoD transforming Guam into security hub

Posted: Feb 02, 2010 6:49 PM
Updated: Feb 02, 2010 6:53 PM

by Heather Hauswirth

*DoD: Quadrennial Defense Review

Guam - The U.S. Department of Defense released the Quadrennial Defense Review today - a 105-page report that details the military's current and future threats. The report focuses on the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the challenges the U.S. faces in its efforts to dismantle Al Qaeda and the Taliban by supporting Iraqi forces and supporting the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan to dismantle terrorist networks worldwide.

In addition, the report highlights the United States' commitment to working with allies around the world and monitoring the global proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, which the report says "undermine global security."

The report emphasizes the complexities of the current security landscape, the importance of energy security in the 21st Century, the need for strengthening U.S. capabilities in cyberspace and the Defense Department's plans to turn Guam into a "hub for security activities" in the Asia-Pacific Region, noting the rise of China and India as global players to be cognizant of.

The report states, "With Japan, we will continue to implement the Bilateral Realignment Roadmap Agreement that will ensure a long-term presence of U.S. forces in Japan and transform Guam, the westernmost sovereign territory of the United States, into a hub for security activities in the region".

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