UPDATED 8:59 AM PT – Wednesday, March 10, 2021
A top military commander warned the U.S. remains vulnerable in the face of a potential aerial attack by China. On Tuesday, Admiral Philip Davidson said elements of America’s air defense system, THAAD, are insufficient to deter potential threats coming from Beijing.
Admiral Davidson is the commander of United States Indo-Pacific Command. He said the U.S. territory of Guam and the island nation of Taiwan are in the first zone of Chinese aggression. According to the military chief, the U.S. is currently unable to protect them.
This comes despite the U.S. spending hundreds-of-billions of dollars each year on national defense, which poses the question: is the U.S. unprepared for war?
Adm. Davidson, Commander @INDOPACOM, at the Senate Armed Services Committee on national security challenges & U.S. military activities in the Indo-Pacific. https://t.co/lhPaqETLxz#SASC #FreeAndOpenIndoPacific pic.twitter.com/397fugNhdw
— U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (@INDOPACOM) March 9, 2021
“I think a wider base of long range precision fires, which are enabled by all our terrestrial forces…not just sea and air but land forces as well…it’s critically important to stabilize what is becoming a more unstable environment in the Western Pacific,” Admiral Davidson explained.
The commander added, China is developing new systems that indicate they are interested in aggression against U.S. territories and allies in the near future.
LIVE: Adm. Davidson, commander of @INDOPACOM, posture hearing with the House Armed Services Committee on national security challenges and U.S. military activities in the #IndoPacific region. #HASC #FreeAndOpenIndoPacific https://t.co/FcMifKPmJS
— U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (@INDOPACOM) March 10, 2021