An interpreter talks to members of the Japan Air Self Defense Force during a briefing at Futenma Air Base, Okinawa. Some 25,000 Japanese nationals work at U.S. bases in Japan -- and paid by the host nation. Photo: USMC

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom, seen here in waters off Southern California earlier this week, is scheduled to depart March 1 on a long-planned deployment to Singapore. Training, deployments and the “re-balance” to the Asia-Pacific region is continuing despite the budget sequester. Photo: US Navy