As we address the increase of regional powers’ anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) capabilities, security-cooperation efforts remain a key to dissuade and deter those A2/AD threats while assuring our continued commitment to stability in that region. International collaboration through acquisition programs helps forge trust and achieve force-multiplier synergies as strategic plans evolve that depend on access granted by our global partners.
The rapid accretion of Aegis capabilities in the Pacific theater is but one example of the contribution acquisition programs have made to enduring partnerships.1 As we rebalance to the Pacific, partner nations’ investment in Aegis undergirds this new strategy. The Republic of Korea, Japan, the United States, and soon Australia together represent a combined Navy of 28 Aegis-capable ships in that region, and that capability will grow. As these nations properly prioritize Aegis combat-system procurement and training to firmly establish our combined preeminence in war-at-sea capabilities, potential adversaries should think twice to challenge our access in the Pacific.