NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Recent literature discussing the movement of U.S. forces to Guam largely focuses on the strategic advantages the island offers specifically, its status as sovereign U.S. territory and its ability to relieve political pressures associated with the extensive U.S. military footprint on Okinawa. There are few discussions of the operational advantages and disadvantages of moving significant amounts of U.S. forces to Guam, especially in the context of a conflict between the United States and the Peoples Republic of China. An evaluation of Guams geography and Chinese military philosophy, capabilities, and published discussions reveals that Apra Harbor, the only maritime egress point for the island, is quite vulnerable to offensive mining by PRC submarine. The paper discusses how this determination is made and discusses and rejects solutions available with given force infrastructure. The paper concludes that strategic leaders, having decided to maintain U.S. commitments in the region, need to provide the operational commander additional forces to provide for Guams defense.
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