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Ron Matthews, from the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies in Singapore, told Al Jazeera that much of the Obama plan has been “progressing over the last two or three decades.”

"What we're looking at now is the recognition of the difficulty of financing war on a global scale, and rationalising down-sizing their forces."

Regarding the US focus on Asia Pacific, he said: "What you'll be looking at is the Americans seeking to expand the technology gap which they have and enjoy already against China, and other emerging nations, that also are seeking to pursue this new type of doctrinal warfare.”

Reducing the size of the US military will almost certainly bring a strong reaction at home with American conservatives – especially in an election year.

Bloomberg quoted an e-mail from US Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon of California, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

“An honest and valid strategy for national defense can’t be founded on the premise that we must do more with less, or even less with less,” he said in an e-mailed statement.

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