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Would you been kind enough to share with mr your opinion concerning the mentioned below interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?
The Pentagon's goal: shrink its footprint in foreign lands, but retain enough power and flexibility to defend American interests.
With a bigger footprint in Iraq, the US would also gain greater access to a region where it has been relatively limited since the days of Iran's pro-US Shah.
footprint = attendance
Thanks for your efforts.
It's probably more like influence or presence.