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Pentagon: Changes For South Korean U. S. Forces

March 21, 2008

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon expects changes in U.S. forces in South Korea as it works with the new government in Seoul, the head of the American Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday.

In this photo released by the Department of Defense, U.S Navy ...
U.S Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (AP Photo/Department of Defense, Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley)

Adm. Michael Mullen, JCS chairman, said the United States is very engaged with the government of Lee Myung-bak, sworn in on Monday.

We are changing how we are looking at things militarily out there from a standpoint of our forces, he said at a Pentagon town hall meeting.

And my expectation is there will be changes that occur because this new government stands up in terms of our relationship, he said, adding that Gen. Burwell Bell, head of U.S. Forces Korea, has spent an awful lot of time engaged there.

Mullen did not elaborate what the changes would be.
There are some 28,000 American troops stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-1953 Korean War.


New Chaiman JCS: Iraqi War a Problem

September 30, 2007

By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer

WASHINGTON – Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is troubled by the Iraq war. He thinks it has become such a consuming focus of U.S. attention that it may be overstretching the military and distracting the nation from other threats.

When he steps into his new office in Room 2E676 at the Pentagon on Monday, replacing Marine Gen. Peter Pace as the senior military adviser to the president and the defense secretary, Mullen already will be on record expressing his war worries with an unusual degree of candor.

“I understand the frustration over the war. I share it,” he told his Senate confirmation hearing.

As evidence of his focus on Iraq, Mullen has told Congress he intends to travel to Baghdad immediately after he takes over so he can see firsthand how the war effort is going.

Mullen, 60, was Defense Secretary Robert Gates‘ choice to replace Pace, who had been vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs when the Iraq invasion was launched in 2003.

Pace has been criticized by some for not speaking up more forcefully on the conduct of the war after he became chairman in October 2005. In June, Gates announced that Pace would retire rather than serve a second term as chairman — not because of his performance in the job but because of political heat over the war.

Adm. Gregory G. Johnson, who retired from the Navy in December 2004 and has known Mullen for 20 years, said he believes Mullen will find ways to ensure that his views on the war are heard clearly.

Coming in as Gates’ choice to provide military advice gives Mullen “an incredibly strong hand,” Johnson said.