To assure peace and stability the US should take the lead in creating a common command for east Asia –one that includes allies and friends and Taiwan
Washington DC – A Center for Security Policy specially organized Panel of Experts, all of whom have extensive experience in the Pacific and with the US Pacific command, believe the US can deter China from attacking Taiwan.
The Panel’s work resulted in 34 Findings and Recommendations.
The Panel’s proposals, if adopted, will discourage any attack from China, and strengthen peace and security in the Pacific.
The Panel was Chaired by Dr. Stephen Bryen who served for 5 years on the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission and Lt. General Earl Hailston (USMC, ret.), former Commander of US Marine Forces in the Pacific.
The Panel included General Robert B. Brown (USA, ret.), former commanding general of the US Army in the Pacific; Admiral Scott Swift (USN, ret.), who was the 35th Commander of the Pacific fleet; Lt. General David Deptula (USAF, ret.) who was the first U.S. Air Force Chief of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, Lt. General Craparotta (USMC, ret.) who served as Commanding General 1st Marine Expeditionary Force; Seth Cropsey, a leading seapower and naval expert and author and now head of the Yorktown Institute; Col. Daniel S. Roper (USA, ret.) who serves as Director of Strategic Studies at the Association of the US Army; Col. Grant Newsham (USMC, ret.) who served as reserve head of intelligence for Marine Forces Pacific and is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy; and Adam Savit who served as head of the Center’s China Program Coordinator.
“This study breaks new ground and offers recommendations that can be put into effect immediately, improving deterrence in the Pacific and helping to protect Taiwan from invasion,” Bryen and Hailston said.
The Panel undertook the task of reviewing Pacific security considering the constant threats to Taiwan coming from Beijing, the massing of air and naval power around the island, and “think tank” reports, now debunked by the Panel, that the US was weak and unable to maintain the balance of power around Taiwan, Japan, Korea and elsewhere in the Pacific.
This is the first study that unambiguously argues for US military support of Taiwan. The Panel argues for a coordinated regional security approach including a common command for east Asia that must include Taiwan.
The Findings and Recommendation are supported by a paper reviewing the disposition of US, allied and friendly forces in the region including US Air Force, US Navy, US Marines and US Army components.
The Panel’s Findings and Recommendations and supporting paper is available for download on Amazon.