Micronesia: Our New Western Outpost.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The present western defense perimeter runs through Japan, Korea, China Taiwan and the Philippines by treaties. The United States may be required to withdraw eastward. The use of Micronesia, a strategic trust territory of the United Nations, administered by the United States, has been considered as a new western perimeter. Micronesia is moving toward a new political status. The northern Mariana Islands want to be a commonwealth, while the rest of Micronesia wants independence with an association with the United States. The limited availability of land is the biggest issue, but the retarded economy, a lack of basic housing and utilities, an unskilled labor force and a distrust of the United States by the Micronesians tend to discourage the development of Micronesia as the new western outpost of the United States. Author
- Government and Political Science