Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - In a foreign policy speech Monday, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman will call for a nimbler U.S. military that focuses on modern challenges and would allow for the withdrawal of many troops from Afghanistan within a year.
Huntsman plans to say the United States should not be involved in "nation-building" but should focus on fixing the nation's fiscal problems and making advances in counter-terrorism efforts, according to excerpts released in advance of his speech.
The former ambassador to China will blame President Barack Obama for policies that "weakened America" and "diminished our presence on the global stage."
"We still have remnants of a top-heavy, post-Cold War infrastructure," Huntsman will say, according to the excerpts. "It needs to be transformed to reflect the 21st Century world, and the growing asymmetric threats we face."
Bringing some troops home from Afghanistan would allow the military to better respond to a "direct security threat" or stand by its allies, such as Israel, Huntsman will say. The presidential candidate will cite a nuclear-armed Iran as "an example of when I would use American force," according to the planned remarks.
Huntsman will indirectly swipe the foreign policy plan of his GOP competitor Mitt Romney. In a speech last Friday, Romney said he would reverse "Obama's massive defense cuts" and expand the U.S. warship fleet.
"Simply advocating more ships, more troops, and more weapons is not a viable path forward," Huntsman will say. "We need more agility, more intelligence, and more economic engagement with the world."