Traditional Asia Pacific Indian Ocean population centers are fast becoming centers of wealth, productivity, power and influence as the global economic center of gravity continues to shift westward. To maintain regional stability while drawing down land-based forces there, the US must rely on forward-deployed Navy and Marine Corps units for needed military presence.
For two centuries, our nation maintained a foreign-policy focus on the European continent. There were several reasons for this: The majority of the first settlers came from Europe; threats from that area posed the first challenges to our national security; and we fought two world wars primarily against European powers. But in many ways, our nation has found the key to the future not by looking east, but by looking west.