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Indo-Pacific

Analysis: Pentagon has a Pacific posture predicament

White House and admirals can't agree on how to deter China

U.S. Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro speaks to the crew of the USS Ronald Reagan aboard the aircraft carrier in Yokosuka, Japan on Oct. 26. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy) 

NEW YORK -- On Feb. 4, roughly two weeks into office, U.S. President Joe Biden ordered Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to lead a Global Posture Review of all American forces deployed overseas.

The aim was to make sure that the military's footprint fit the administration's foreign policy and national security priorities -- in other words, China. The review was widely expected to conclude around the summer, but deep into October, it is still underway inside the walls of the Pentagon.

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