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Austin Signs Internal Directive to Unify Department’s China Efforts > U.S. Indo-Pacific Command > 2015

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III issued an internal directive today to laser-focus Department of Defense efforts to address China as the nation’s number one pacing challenge.

Austin accepted recommendations from the China Task Force he established in February. The document is classified.

“The initiatives I am putting forward today are nested inside the larger U.S. government approach to China and will help inform the development of the National Defense Strategy we are working on,” Austin said in a written statement on the directive.

The secretary thanked the Task Force members and said it is time to move out to ensure that DOD efforts match the challenges.

“The efforts I am directing today will improve the department’s ability to revitalize our network of allies and partners, bolster deterrence, and accelerate the development of new operational concepts, emerging capabilities, future force posture and a…

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