1. Obama amps up use of drone warfare
(Source: New America Foundation)
2. Redefining military strategy - use of special ops, drones for quick-strike regional wars and/or fighting terrorism: Libya, Somalia, Yeman, Sudan. This began under Bush but given new flesh under Obama.
3. Leaving Iraq paves way for new footprint (‘security architecture’) in Persian Gulf, including sending more U.S. naval ships through the Gulf as show of force to Iran, maybe US troops in Kuwait for quick deployment to Iraq or Iran. From there, can expand footprint into Central Asia, an underdeveloped oil-rich region.
4. Maintaining position in E. Asia by excluding military supporting this area from US defense department budget cuts, more naval exercises.