Essay about U.s. Pacific Air Force Strategy

1032 Words Dec 1st, 2016 5 Pages
The current state of the Pacific is becoming increasingly complex and delicate. Although the Pacific Air Force’s dedication to “working with our allies and partners to deter aggression, increase burden sharing, and maintain peace and stability.” is still being maintained, local state actors have made it increasingly difficult for restoring stability in the region, primarily the aggressive actions of China in the South China Sea. As stated in the U.S. Pacific Command’s Posture Statement, “Chinese coercion, artificial island construction, and militarization in the South China Sea threaten the most fundamental aspect of global prosperity - freedom of navigation.” This aggression has begun to concern many regional governments and illustrates Chinese desires to become the regional superpower. The current Pacific Air Force strategy aimed at recent Chinese aggression in the South China Sea seeks to “promote responsible behavior and to prevent miscalculation, and promote transparency”, yet allows for continued Chinese recklessness. This memorandum seeks to propose and analyze viable options to curb the belligerent Chinese expansion in the South China Sea, while also reducing the risk of escalating hostilities between the U.S. and China, through the use of air, space, and cyberspace. The first viable option concentrates on developing a strong deterrence posture against further Chinese aggression in the South China Sea. By doing so, it will check the Chinese expansion and deter…

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