Force reductions have weakened the U.S. military’s role as a stabilizing influence in the Western Pacific. Asian leaders see—and plan to fill—the power vacuum. This instability conceivably could turn Japan’s fiery H-II rocket into a future ICBM. It is time to think about a new War Plan Orange.
It is easy to imagine that in a remote comer of the Pentagon an interservice planning group is thinking about the Pacific Ocean, working on a new War Plan Orange—the logical successor to the plan which, in the 1930s, foretold the Japanese threat to peace in the Pacific and laid out the defensive plan that ultimately would yield “the inevitable victory” called for by President Franklin E). Roosevelt on 8 December 1941.