Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, issued the following statement today after President Obama released the Department of Defense strategy review.
"The strategic review appropriately realigns our national security strategy to focus on the critically important Asia-Pacific region," said Larsen, co-chair of the bipartisan U.S.-China Working Group. "Congress, the President and the Department of Defense need to make hard choices to create sustainable national security policy and tackle our deficit. But I am pleased the administration is maintaining its commitment to the Asia-Pacific region which is increasingly important to U.S. national security and our economy.
"An intensified focus on the Asia-Pacific means that Northwest Washington will only continue to grow as a strategically important center for our Navy. Naval Station Everett and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are already key components of the Asia-Pacific mission. Even as we slow growth at the Department of Defense, I will continue working to make sure these bases are properly resourced, including by bringing the P-8A Poseidons to Whidbey."