US needs technologies tailored for Asia-Pacific, Panetta says

The Defense Department needs to develop and acquire new equipment and technologies that are tailored to the Asia-Pacific region as the United States increases its military presence in the region, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said June 1 as he embarked on a nine-day trip to the region, reports Defense News.

"The purpose of this trip is to define the new defense strategy for the region, particularly the emphasis on the rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific region,” the story quoted him as saying. “We have a strong presence now in the Pacific, but we’ll continue to strengthen presence over the next five to 10 years.”

Hawaii will serve as the hub for U.S. military operations in the Pacific, Panetta said during a speech at Pacific Command headquarters, the story said.

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