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PacNet #42 – Always Ready, Always There: Marines and the Pacific Rebalance

As I travel and meet with civilian and military leaders throughout the Pacific, there is a recurring question that I am inevitably asked: “is the US commitment to the Pacific, or the so-called ‘rebalance,’ real?” The underlying skepticism of the question is understandable given the media clamor about fiscal uncertainty and enduring security concerns in the Middle East, but my response is unequivocal: “yes.”