Defense Secretary Esper favors placing intermediate-range missiles in Asia

Defense Secretary Esper favors placing intermediate-range missiles in Asia
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. DOD

[Ed. – Cue Jed Clampitt GIF: “We-ell-ll, doggies.”  All things old are new again.  Back to the future.  Etc.  We didn’t have the IRBMs in Asia in the 1980s that we had in Europe — but we were thinking about it.  (That was before China and North Korea both had IRBMs.  The former USSR had them, but they were arrayed as a deterrent to China in the Far East.)  It would be conceivable to get the coverage desired by putting missiles in Guam, although it wouldn’t be smart to put all of them there.  No clue how much this has been prepped with allies like Japan, Australia, the Philippines, and Thailand.]

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that he was in favor of placing ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia relatively soon, a day after the United States withdrew from a landmark arms control treaty. …

“Yeah, I would like to,” Esper said, when asked whether he was considering placing such missiles in Asia. …

Within the next few weeks, the United States is expected to test a ground-launched cruise missile, and in November, the Pentagon will aim to test an intermediate-range ballistic missile.

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Both would be tests of conventional weapons – and not nuclear.

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