US Significantly Boosts Military Funding for SE Asia

The United States has announced a major increase in U.S. funding for military education and training programs in Southeast Asia.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the announcement Sunday during a speech at the Malaysian Institute of Defense and Security in Kuala Lumpur. He said the latest Pentagon budget includes $90 million for the programs, an increase of more than 50 percent compared to four years ago.

The decision comes as Washington is shifting its strategic focus increasingly …

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