The Pentagon made a huge announcement earlier in the week when it agreed to inject roughly $7.5 billion into the U.S. military in Asia over the next five years.
President Donald Trump has been calling for a massive increase in the defense budget and the Pentagon has partially met his request.
Dubbed the Asia-Pacific Stability Initiative, the proposal was first introduced by Arizona Sen. John McCain and later endorsed by officials, including, “in principle,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the head of U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. Harry Harris, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.
“This initiative could enhance U.S. military power through targeted funding to realign our force posture in the region, improve operationally relevant infrastructure, fund additional exercises, pre-position equipment and build capacity with our allies and partners,” McCain told Adm. Harris during a hearing last month.
“If used strategically, it can help stem the tide of the military challenges we face in the Pacific,” Kelly Magsamen, acting assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific Affairs under former President Barack Obama, added in an email to the Journal.
However, she made it clear that there needs to be specific requirements for the U.S. Pacific Command.
“It shouldn’t just be a slush fund for PACOM,” she said.
Isn’t it amazing to finally have leadership that values a strong and effective military? With North Korea threatening the world, it is up to us to maintain order and to put them in their place.
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