April 17, 2019

U.S. Pacific Commander Seeks More Funding to Counter China

Featuring Elbridge Colby, and Eric Sayers

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Journalist Gordon Lubold

The commander in charge of U.S. military operations in the Pacific wants Congress to give the command more money for defense programs to counter China, reflecting his concerns that the Pentagon’s budget isn’t realigning quickly enough to address the threat from Beijing.

Adm. Phil Davidson, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, believes the Defense Department’s fiscal 2020 budget doesn’t include enough funding to provide “immediate and necessary resources” for the region he oversees, according to a letter he wrote late last month to members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The letter was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Adm. Davidson pointed to what he said were funding shortfalls for an army task force in Asia, units meant to conduct air, missile and coastal defense missions, as well as a military construction budget to assist allies in the region. In the letter, he also sought funds to modernize Navy guided-missile destroyers built with the Aegis combat system and funds for a “permanent and persistent” land-based integrated air- and missile-defense system to defend the island of Guam.

Read the full article and more in The Wall Street Journal.

  • Elbridge Colby

    Former Director, Defense Program

    Elbridge Colby is the former Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security, where he led CNAS’ work on defense issues. Previously, Colby served as ...

  • Eric Sayers

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Defense Program

    Eric Sayers is an Adjunct Senior Fellow for the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Throughout his career, Mr. Sayers has worked on a wide vari...