First Honorable Mention, International Navies Essay Contest
The jury is out on how the 11 September terrorist attacks will affect long-term U.S. military commitments to East Asia. For the Carl Vinson (CVN-70) battle group and other U.S. forces involved in Operation Enduring Freedom, forward bases such as Changi Naval Base in Singapore contributed significantly. The key to the future is a mutual understanding of the challenges the United States and East Asia face.
The United States is the undisputed global power today, with the world's largest economy and supremacy in every field—from its technology to its military. In East Asia, the United States has maintained a military presence since the end of World War II. Today, that presence consists mostly of troops stationed in Japan and Korea and the ships and aircraft of the Seventh Fleet.