Overseas Presence: An Old Mission and a Current Roles and Missions Issue: Why Not a Future Program?

by James A. Winnefeld

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One of the 25 issues that the Roles and Missions Commission intends to study as it examines the current Department of Defense structure centers on overseas presence: Can DoD more efficiently and effectively accomplish the purposes of military overseas presence? The purpose of this paper is to put overseas presence in a comprehensive strategic perspective and suggest that perhaps the time has arrived to make overseas presence a program that receives its fair share of analysis.

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