US Focuses On Deterrence with China's Increasingly Provocative Behavior, Outlines Goals In Middle East
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WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense says that it remains "laser-focused" on deterring conflict in the Indo-Pacific as China boosts its military power and engages in increasingly provocative behavior.
The department has also outlined its goals in the Middle East as it supports Israel's right to defend itself from terrorism and contain the violence from terrorist organizations.
Ely S. Ratner, assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs said, "We're not losing sight of the fact that the department has identified China as the top pacing challenge. We're investing focused capabilities on solving operational problems associated with that."
In regards to the conflict in the Middle East, the Department said that both the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower carrier strike group and the USS Gerald R. Ford carrier strike group have been ordered to the Central Command area of operations (Middle East) and will remain in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.