An Airman's Perspective: Air, Space, and Cyberspace Strategy for the Pacific (Strategic Studies Quarterly, Summer 2008)
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL
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While the United States has long been a Pacific nation, it has also been an air, space, and cyberspace nation. The interests and strategic challenges that concern our nation in this vast region are inexorably linked with our air, space, and cyberspace capabilities. Those enduring interests in the Pacific span the entire spectrum of economic, political, and security relations. America has paid a significant price in blood and treasure to fight aggression, deter potential adversaries, extend freedom, and maintain the peace and prosperity of this part of the world. Our engagement in this region has been critical to both regional and global security for many decades and will become increasingly so in the decades to come. It is in the United States interest to support and encourage the free movement of goods and services throughout the Asia-Pacific region--one that encompasses 105 million square miles, 3 countries, over four billion people, and an economic footprint that rivals the European Union. Not including the United States, Pacific nations comprise 37 percent of the gross world product and three of the top 10 global economies China, Japan, and India. Approximately 33 percent of the worlds oil and 20 percent of the worlds sea-borne trade transit the Strait of Malacca. Moreover, our economies are increasingly interrelated Asian and American capital markets and our burgeoning cross-Pacific trade have great influence upon our respective economies.
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