Re-Crafting Asian Defense: The Chinese and Vietnamese Weigh In

01/16/2012 by Robbin Laird and Ed Timperlake

We have been working on the re-crafting of the U.S. approach to partnership and security and defense capabilities.  This culminated in our recent Pacific Strategy report.

http://www.sldinfo.com/special-report-on-crafting-a-new-pacific-strategy/

Now the Chinese have weighed in and are looking at our approach.

http://www.china.com.cn/military/txt/2012-01/16/content_24419407.htm

The article discusses our recent analyseseof the F-35 purchase by Japan and the focus the Japanese have on combat integration with Aegis weapon systems. The article goes on to say that

The “Aegis” system with a combination of the F-35 will bring a broad prospect, because the F-35 all three types will have this capability. As a result, F-35 fighter jets could be cutting edge combat systems.

Likely, F-35 fighter and the “Aegis” system will be armed with U.S. strategic quadrilateral – South Korea (F-35A to participate in the tender), Singapore (want to buy F-35B), Australia (F-35A) and Japan (F -35A). This not only enables the arsenals drastically allies standardization, but also reduce the risk of U.S. forward forces. America’s allies in the Pacific using the F-35 fighter in the Western alliance can greatly increase the strength of the region.

We might also note that Vietnam has also recognized that America and Allies are building a new warfight vision with emerging technology, especially linking the Aegis and F-35.

http://www.xaluan.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=325061

And for those who can read Chinese here you go:


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