Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden said recently he doesn’t foresee major reductions in defense spending if he’s elected as commander in chief, and he won’t promise a full withdrawal of troops “in the near future” from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Mr. Biden said he supported keeping a small U.S. military footprint in the region, mostly to coordinate operations against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, he told Stars & Stripes in an interview published on Thursday.
“I think we need special ops capacity to coordinate with our allies,” Mr. Biden told Stars & Stripes, which was recently saved from being shuttered as part of a Department of Defense cost-saving measure.
Some defense spending could even rise in a Biden administration. The Pentagon “desperately” needs to focus more attention on unmanned aircraft and cyber domain operations, he said.
“I’ve met with a number of my advisers and some have suggested in certain areas the budget is going to