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US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta on changing military focus

The US military will become "leaner" as it switches its focus to the Asia-Pacific region, president Barack Obama has announced.

Thousands of troops are expected to be axed, with Defence Secretary Leon Panetta saying that, with the end of the Iraq war and troop reduction in Afghanistan, the military would face different challenges which called for "reshaping of defence priorities".

  • 05 Jan 2012