[Ed. – So, to be clear, those of us who have been warning that this would happen since early in the Obama administration (even earlier here) were right. Remember Obama’s mighty deployment of 2,500 forward-stationed U.S. Marines in Australia, as his “show of pivot” and downpayment on countering Chinese moves in the South China Sea? Remember how some of us prophesied that it was a useless gesture and wouldn’t interrupt anything China was doing? Good times.]
China has deployed electronic attack systems and other military facilities on disputed islands in the South China Sea and is now capable of controlling the strategic waterway, according to the admiral slated to be the next Pacific Command chief.
Additionally, the command nominee Adm. Philip Davidson told the Senate Armed Services Committee in a written statement this week that the military urgently needs hypersonic and other advanced weaponry to defeat China’s People’s Liberation Army in a future conflict.
“In the future, hypersonic and directed energy weapons, resilient space, cyber and network-capabilities, and well-trained soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coastguardsmen will be crucial to our ability to fight and win,” the four-star admiral said in written answers to questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee.
On China’s militarization and take over of the South China Sea, Davidson said the buildup of forward military bases began in December 2013 at Johnson Reef in the Spratly islands. Since then, the Chinese have fortified that reef and six others with military facilities, Davidson said.