The Western Pacific Theater of Operations: A Brewing Showdown
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States
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The United States US has had a military presence in the Western Pacific for well over a century and for the past three quarters of a century has had zero impedance from other nations in regards to who controls the Pacific Ocean. Over the past quarter century the Nation of China has blossomed both economically and militarily. China has claimed exclusive rights to territory that has been disputed for thousands of years. Within this territory are vast expanses of premier fishing grounds, untapped natural resources and shipping lanes that account for over half of the worlds merchant shipping along with other resources such as natural gas and oil. China has expanded its military footprint well beyond the 12 mile territorial limit as described by the Law of the Sea to which 162 countries are signatories. With Chinas increased military presence in the region it can be argued that the US has lost regional influence and diminished military dominance in the region. This research will look at what the US needs to do to regain influence and prestige within the Asia Pacific area of operations. A problemsolution method will be utilized to answer the aforementioned question and what will be required by the US to achieve these objectives. Can the US and China cooperate against mutual adversaries and how will US military technology perform in a potential matchup with Chinas newest and most advanced weaponry China is preparing for the future by being proactive to protect their own interests despite international backlash against their actions. As the US and the world focus their attention to the Asia Pacific for the foreseeable future, there are serious ramifications should concerned parties misinterpret intentions.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics