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Forbes: Omnibus Directive for Asia Strategy Review Strengthens U.S. National Security

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Washington, D.C., Jan 16 | Alex Gray (202-225-6365) | comments

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released a statement on the inclusion in the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill of a requirement for an interagency review of U.S. strategy in the Asia-Pacific:

“I have long-argued that American national security interests require a comprehensive, interagency review of U.S. strategy in the Asia-Pacific,” Congressman Forbes said. “I urge the Administration to take the opportunity presented by the inclusion of this provision to develop the type of long-term strategic vision required for the United States to sustain its leadership in the Asia-Pacific over the coming decade. With China’s growing assertiveness and military modernization, it is imperative that U.S. allies and partners have confidence in American commitment to the region over the long term.”

In July 2013, Congressman Forbes led a bipartisanletter to National Security Adviser Susan Rice requesting the formulation of an Asia-Pacific Strategy Review.

Below is the text of the provision that was included in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill:

 (1) Not later than 90 days after enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State, after consultation with the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Secretary of Defense, and the heads of other relevant Federal agencies, shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees an integrated, multi-year planning and budget strategy for a rebalancing of United States policy in Asia that links United States interests in the region with the necessary resources and personnel required for implementation, management and oversight of such strategy: Provided, That’s such strategy may be submitted in classified form if necessary.

 
(2) Funds appropriated by title III of this Act that are designated for implementation of the strategy described in paragraph (1) shall also support the advancement of democracy and human rights in Asia, including for democratic political parties, civil society, and groups and individuals seeking to advance transparency, accountability, and the rule of law: Provided, That such funds shall also be made available, through an open and competitive process, to nongovernmental networks and alliances that seek to promote democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Asia.

 
(3) Funds appropriated by this Act that are designated for the implementation of the strategy described in paragraph (1) should be matched, to the maximum extent practicable and as appropriate, by sources other than the United States Government.

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