Below youâ€™ll find the Pentagonâ€™s new strategic guidance for the 21st Century. Itâ€™s largely a recap of what weâ€™ve all been told the DoD will need to do in the face of increasing budget pressure and Asiaâ€™s rise; keep only programs vital to meeting our new security challenges, cut programs that donâ€™t meet modern security needs, trim personnel costs and focus much more of our military thinking on Asia.
Capabilities that will see investment include: Anti-access tech (think stealth, long-range strike weapons and UAVs); research and development programs; cyber war; counter-weapons of mass destruction; special operations and counter-terrorism; partnership-building programs.
The doc also hints that weâ€™ll likely see cuts to the size of the nationâ€™s nuclear arsenal, though it doesnâ€™t lay out how this will be achieved.
Speaking of specifics, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Martin Dempsey just told a bunch of reporters to wait until the new budget comes out after the President gives his state of the union address in a couple of weeks.
Click through the jump to read the document. Remember, itâ€™s intended to guide weapons buying and force-structureÂ decisionsÂ going forward, so have a blast reading the tea leaves:
Defense Strategic Guidance//