What Could Arming the First Island Chain Look Like?

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OPINION — The Senate Armed Services Committee last week voted to provide the Pentagon with $6 billion over the next two years to create a new program called the Pacific Deterrence Initiative (PDI).

Chairman Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and ranking member, Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), said the PDI would sharply increase defense spending in the Pacific region to prevent “Chinese aggression by strengthening the credibility of American deterrence.” A similar proposal has been introduced in the House by Rep. Mac Thornberry, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee.

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