OPINION: Spiking the Problem: Developing a Resilient Posture in the Indo-Pacific with Passive Defenses
“America’s military posture, which is [made up] of forces, bases, and agreements, is a critical issue that needs a senior champion. China has a formidable arsenal of conventionally armed long-range missiles that are significantly more accurate than the ones that the Soviet Union had during the Cold War and plans to fire them in a first strike to destroy U.S. forces on the land and at sea. The Defense Department should ensure that American forces in the Indo-Pacific can survive this blow and generate combat power while under attack, which requires taking steps to increase the resiliency of U.S. military posture,” writes Stacie Pettyjohn, a senior fellow and director of the defense program at the Center for a New American Security.
The Marine Corps is the first U.S. military branch to report the granting of a religious exemption to the mandate that troops be vaccinated for COVID-19. Two Marines have received exemptions, officials said Jan. 13. In all, some 18,500 U.S. troops have requested such exemptions. The Air Force received the highest number of requests with 10,766, followed by the Marine Corps with 3,350, the Navy with 2,844, and the Army with 1,746. No other branch has reported an approved request, but others have provided data on disapproved accommodations.
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