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Analysis: Pentagon has a Pacific posture predicament

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

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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