A struggle is under way for mastery of Asia. Its course and outcome will be vital to the security of the United States, our allies, and other states in the region. Moreover, current U.S. strategy and forces are insufficient to meet emerging challenges. As a result, the United States should posture itself for a long-term peacetime competition with China. In addition, in the case of war, the United States and its allies should be prepared for a protracted and costly conflict. The United States must formulate and implement a “forward-leaning” strategy to protect its interests in Asia. This serious preparation is perhaps the best guarantee that the United States will never have to wage such a war.
Striking a Strategic Balance in Asia
To protect American interests in the region, the United States must adopt a “forward-leaning” strategy.
By Commander Thomas G. Mahnken, U.S. Navy Reserve