Recently the Yomiuri News on-line reported the following:
US President Obama and Defense Secretary Panetta gave an interview in the Department of Defense on the 5th, and they would release the re-examination result of the national-defense strategy that accompanied a cut in national defense expenditure.
According to a US newspaper, while it showed the US did not have the deployment capability to maintain the "Two Frontal Strategy" due the reduction of ground military power, it was expected to glare at a Chinese threat etc. and to hammer out the military power arrangement that focused on Asia.
In last year's summer the President announced a plan that would reduce the national defense expenditure at scale up to a total of 450 billion-dollar (about 34,500 billion yen) in the next ten years in response to an increase in budget deficit. Further reduction demand was received from the Congress, and in order to maintain the security of the U.S. and its ally, the President, aiming at the Department of Defense, pointed to radical re-examination of the national-defense strategy to look for more efficient employment of the U.S. Forces.
According to the New York Times, while the President abandoned the "Two Frontal Strategy" and coped with winning one large-scale conflict instead, he announced a new plan that aimed at containment so that "the second enemy" might not cause a war. It was a measure that accompanied with a sizable cut in the army and the marine corps's staff now being carried out, and also in response to the conclusion of the Iraq war and the recovery of U.S. Forces stationed in Afghanistan etc.
It seems that the new plan is a policy of containment in Asia. In a sense the US is returning to Asia.