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Gen. Ray Odierno Calls for National Dialogue on U.S.’ Global Military Strategy

Gen. Ray Odierno
Gen. Ray Odierno

The U.S. Army‘s top uniformed officer said rising global threats underscore the need for the U.S. to open a constructive debate over the military’s future international strategy, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Sean McCalley writes Gen. Raymond Odierno, chief of staff, has called for discussions to define the U.S. military’s security role overseas and to establish a modern identity for armed forces.

“We’ve been focused on sequestration and budget; that’s a debate that encompasses all governmental programs … so I think we have to understand what we want our national security capabilities to do,” Odierno told the station in a recent interview.

The branch has unveiled a white paper that outlines the service’s guiding principles for deploying soldiers worldwide and working with multiple partner nations.

McCalley reports the Army Operating Concept also highlights tactical strategies designed to help the service combat ground, space and cyber threats.

The framework “describes how the Army may provide foundational capabilities to Joint Force and civil authorities to enable joint operations,” Odierno added, according to the station.

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