by Seth Cropsey
February 05, 2014
As dangerous as jihadist threats are, so far they don't approach the risks of open confrontation between the US and the Soviet Union in the Cold War. No one is a better candidate to offer a similar challenge in the future than China, which is not to say that China is or will become an enemy. But it's clear that Chinese leaders are ambitious and that their diplomatic policy and military armament are moving them toward great power status. And the U.S. is not taking this possibility seriously enough. Any strategy to counter China's increasing access denial capabilities should prioritize deterrence and be built upon an integration of the ground forces necessary to control the outlying islands, archipelagos, littorals and straits of the Pacific with the naval and air power necessary to control the air and seas. Such a strategy should also include an increased focus on missile defense.