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More F-22 Raptors, F-35s and B-2 Bombers Area Headed Closer to China

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- An F/A-22 Raptor taxis after landing here. The jet, from the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va., deployed here Oct. 15 for the next-generation fighter's first deployment for live weapons bomb training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Rogers)

A new classified Pentagon report is recommending that more U.S. military resources should be deployed to Australia and Guam to better keep pace with the Chinese military in the Indo-Pacific region.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “the review … aims to sharpen the link between U.S.’s vast military capabilities and the Biden administration’s strategic priorities—countering China’s military buildup and more assertive use of power chief among them.”

As reported by the EurAsian Times, the expansion of military resources means that the United States is expected to “send extra fighter jets including F-22 Raptors, F-35 Lightning II, B-2 stealth bombers to Australia to deter possible Chinese military aggression and threats from North Korea.”

It continued by saying that “the increased aircraft rotations in Australia are an indication that the U.S. is moving forward with the strategy as a major pillar of its tougher defense posture to deter China. … The U.S. military’s ability to act freely in Asian waterways and airspace has been hindered by China’s growing arsenal of missiles directed at U.S. bases in Japan, Guam, and warships.”

“You’ll see new rotational fighter and bomber aircraft deployments in Australia,” Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Mara Karlin told reporters at the Pentagon on Monday.

The rotational deployments are expected to include bombers that are capable of carrying anti-ship missiles to deter the ever-growing Chinese warships in the region.

Positioning of U.S. Forces

The Pentagon report—known as the Global Posture Reviewis designed to assist the U.S. military to decide where to position various forces across the globe over the next two to three years.

“Direction from the (review) will strengthen the (Defense Department’s) focus on China by reducing posture requirements in other theaters to enable improved warfighting readiness and increase activities in the Indo-Pacific,” a senior defense official told the media at the Pentagon on Monday on condition of anonymity.

According to the Stars and Stripes, “that concept, nicknamed the ‘Pacific Pivot’ during former President Barack Obama’s administration, was supported in the 2018 National Defense Strategy, which listed China as the ‘strategic competitor’ with the United States because of its rapidly growing military, operations to influence other nations and ‘predatory economics’ used in an attempt to dominate the Indo-Pacific region.”

Troops in the Middle East

The report also aims to have the Pentagon conduct further analyses of how many troops will be required in the Middle East going forward.

“We have a global responsibility and must ensure the readiness and modernization of our forces,” Karlin said.

“These considerations require us to make continuous changes to our Middle East posture, but we always have the capability to rapidly deploy forces to the region based on the threat environment,” she added.

Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington state-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.

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Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington state-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV.

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