Military Capabilities

US Army increasing troop presence in Indo-Pacific region

20 February 2020

The US Army is exploring ways to gain a better foothold in the Indo-Pacific region and looking at new and longer soldier deployments there as one avenue for achieving this goal.

On 19 February, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Chief of Staff General James McConville hosted a media roundtable to discuss the fiscal year 2021 budget request and upcoming troop deployment plans. The service is currently standing up Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs), and Gen McConville said that it could potentially begin deploying to the Indo-Pacific region later this year to help train and support partner nations.

"These are officers and soldiers and non-commissioned officers that are really trained to advise and assist," the four-star general added.

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