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US to mull over more bombers, submarines for Pacific

Published on Aug 2, 2012 8:11 AM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Pentagon planners will consider adding bombers and attack submarines as part of a growing United States focus on security challenges in the Asia-Pacific, a senior Defence Department official said on Wednesday.

"We will take another look" at sending more such muscle to the strategic hub of Guam in the western Pacific, now that this has been recommended by an independent review of US regional military plans, Mr Robert Scher, deputy assistant secretary of defence for plans, told lawmakers.

US strategy calls for shifting military, diplomatic and economic resources toward the region after a decade of land wars in Iraq and Afghanistan sparked by the Sept 11, 2001, attacks on New York and the Pentagon.

The Defence Department, however, must weigh the issue from a broad global perspective and take into account competing requirements, Scher testified before the US House of Representatives' Armed Services subcommittee on readiness.

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