PACOM chief: Uncontested U.S. control of Pacific is ending

The worst thing any military could do is perform joint exercises with a military whose main goal is to defeat you in conflict. They will participate in it for learning the war fighting tactics of enemies, not ‘stronger ties’. Espionage under the guise of stronger ties is only a means to an end.

The four-star commander of U.S. Pacific Command says the era when the U.S. military enjoys uncontested control over the Pacific’s blue water and its airspace is coming to an end.

Adm. Sam Locklear told a Navy conference in Virginia that the rise of China is a key factor that is putting at risk U.S. Navy ships and service members in the Pacific.

“Our historic dominance that most of us in this room have enjoyed is diminishing, no question,” Locklear said at the Surface Navy Association’s annual meeting near the Pentagon. Continue reading