May 28, 2020

Inhofe, Reed back new military fund to confront China

Featuring Eric Sayers

Source: Defense News

Journalists Aaron Mehta, Joe Gould

As the U.S. Congress hardens against Beijing, two key lawmakers publicly added their support for a new military fund to boost deterrence against China in the Pacific, virtually assuring a Pacific Deterrence Initiative of some kind will be in the next defense policy bill.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and ranking member Jack Reed, D-R.I., announced their new stance in a War on the Rocks op-ed Thursday. They said their version will back investments in land-based, long-range strike capabilities, but also “theater missile defense, expeditionary airfield and port infrastructure, [and] fuel and munitions storage,” to enable new modernized platforms, rather than buying more of the platforms themselves.

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Authors

  • Eric Sayers

    Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Eric Sayers is a former Adjunct Senior Fellow for the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS)....