Asked what kind of military the US should have available in the region, the three Asian policy experts replied that there was a need for a mobile presence—carrier battle groups and amphibious capabilities. They also noted the recent improvements in long-range strike capabilities—specifically the stationing of USAF bombers at Andersen AFB, Guam. Brookes inexplicably opined that Guam is a long way from Japan and Korea. Hmmmm. Does he know that airplanes can cover those kinds of distances pretty fast, much faster than warships
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.