The 9,500 who are leaving will be reassigned elsewhere in Europe, redeployed to the Indo-Pacific region, or sent back to bases in the U.S.
But the government says it will still meet a pledge to invest $8bn in northern Australia over 10 years.
Congress may review the Corps' plan to redistribute its forces across the Pacific.
This kind of approach could be necessary should the U.S. need to face-off against China, said American defense and security analyst Paul Buchanan: “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the Marines are engaging in these sorts of exercises because that’s exactly the combat environment that they’re most likely to find themselves in, at least in the near future,”
gimme loans over bombs any day.