President Obama offered a new Pentagon strategy that cuts billions of dollars for defense over the next decade and will “turn the page on a decade of war,” but has critics arguing will gut U.S. ability to lead a dangerous world.

In a rare appearance in the Pentagon press briefing room Thursday, where he announced that the military will be reshaped over time, Obama said the reality of the U.S. economy is forcing the Defense Department to look at its strategy in an all-new way, even as he insisted that strategy will determine the force structure, “not the other way around.”

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