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Rumsfeld, on Asia Tour, Hints of Shifts in U.S. Forces There

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld opened a six-day tour of Asia and the Pacific on Thursday, hinting at substantial changes in how American forces are deployed in the region. Mr. Rumsfeld said the American military was emerging from an era of “static defense” built around a global chain of giant bases. Instead, he said, forces will be repositioned regularly among a potentially larger number of bases as required to meet any threats. In his first trip to Asia since returning to the Pentagon for a second tour as defense secretary, Mr. Rumsfeld stressed that he was carrying no formal proposals for discussion in coming days with the leaders of Japan and South Korea. But he said preliminary planning had evolved to the point where it was important to discuss “important conceptual changes” in talks with these two vital American allies. Full Story

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