Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga at the Kantei in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. DOMINIQUE PINEIRO/DEFENSE DEPARTMENT
Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga at the Kantei in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. DOMINIQUE PINEIRO/DEFENSE DEPARTMENT

Milley declares Pacific top US military priority in first overseas trip as Joint Chiefs chairman

by Wyatt Olson
Stars and Stripes

The Pacific is now the top priority for the U.S. military, Gen. Mark Milley said Thursday in Tokyo while on his first overseas trip since becoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September.

Milley was addressing a group of Japanese and American reporters after concluding a meeting with Japanese leaders, the Pentagon said in a statement.

The U.S. focus on the Pacific region is a result of the emerging great-power competition among America, China and Russia.

“It is the No. 1 regional priority for the United States military,” he told reporters.

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