THE IMPERATIVEProtecting vital American interests The Asia-Pacific is home to five of America’s treaty allies, all of which are democracies. Over 1.6 million American nationals live in Hawaii and six U.S. territories in the Western Pacific.
THE CHALLENGEChina’s military build-up60+ submarines, thousands of missiles, 2.3 millionmilitary personnel, modernizing nuclear force
THE CHALLENGENorth Korean provocationTwo nuclear tests, three long-range missilelaunches, two unprovoked attacks on South Koreasince 2006
THE CHALLENGEUS is reducing its defense budget$487 billion in cuts over 10 years plus an additional$500-600 billion in cuts if the Budget Control Act isnot amended
RECOMMENDATIONS Enhance U.S. presence in the Asia-Pacific Force Beijing to invest in expensive defenses Convince China that it cannot win a quick regional war
INNOVATIONS INNOVATIONS Four areas for U.S. strategic advantageINTELLIGENCE DETERRENCE Establish an intelligence, surveillance, and Rebalance the U.S. nuclear posture to contendreconnaissance network in the Asia-Pacific with Asian nuclear expansionUNDERSEA ALLIANCE BASING Ensure a comparative advantage in submarine Expand U.S. basing options to provide more accesstechnology and operations to more places for U.S. forces
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