House China Select Committee Chairman Mike Gallagher is requesting information from the United States Army on its efforts to protect Guam, which is considered an “essential” U.S. territory and is vulnerable to Chinese military aggression.
Gallagher is concerned about the threat posed by China’s sophisticated network of missiles targeting Guam and the delays in the Army’s ground-based missile defense system.
“With over 20,000 U.S. troops stationed on the island, Guam will play an essential role in the defense of American allies and interests in the region,” Gallagher wrote. (Trending: Donald Trump Gets Great News)
“But despite its strategic importance, Guam remains highly vulnerable to an increasingly sophisticated network of missiles from the People’s Republic of China, especially its cruise missiles.”
“While the United States has developed sea and land-based ballistic missile defense capabilities and sufficient sea-based cruise missile defense capabilities, it has significant gaps in capabilities to defend against PRC cruise missiles attacking land-based targets such as Guam,” Gallagher added.
The Chairman is seeking information regarding the delays, and wants to know how the Army plans to strengthen land-based cruise missile defense capabilities in Guam.
“This delay could potentially push the date by which soldiers are scheduled to field the air defense system,” he said, seeking to find “alternative options that could fill the defense gap created by delivery delays.”
“The United States has sent to Ukraine multiple National Advanced Surface to Air Missile Systems, which, according to the Pentagon ‘have been extremely successful,’” he said, though “unfortunately, the Army has not provided a similarly effective system to Guam” and said that the first delivery of launcher prototypes “faces an unclear future.”
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