The US military’s Indo-Pacific Command is seeking additional funding to strengthen the US security umbrella in the region under the Pacific Deterrence Initiative(PDI). The funding will partly go towards building a network of precision strike missile systems on “the first island chain” (Taiwan, Okinawa and Philippines). These missiles will be primarily aimed at strengthening conventional deterrence against China but will be a cause for concern to other US adversaries in the region too.
Aditya Pareek and Aditya Ramanathan discuss the various caveats and potential consequences of the PDI.
Links to resources cited in the episode:
1) Transcripts of USINDOPACOM Commander Adm. Phil Davidson’s Speeches:
2) Commander Saurav Mohanty’s Primer on Chinese Anti Ship Ballistic and Cruise Missiles:
3) Economist story on the PDI:
4) Oped by former Japanese Diplomat Akio Kawato: