The U.S. Navy admiral in charge of Indo-Pacific Command is worried about Guam.
In the event of war, the Chinese military could target the U.S. island territory with cruise and ballistic missiles, Adm. Phil Davidson warned. And that could remove from the map the U.S. Air Force’s main Pacific base for bombers and other heavy warplanes.
The solution, Davidson said, is to install the Aegis missile-defense system on Guam. Aegis Ashore could function as “the backbone of [a] homeland defense system” for the territory, Davidson told reporters on Wednesday.
Guam lies 1,800 miles from China in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It’s close enough from the Asian mainland to function as a base for bombers, tankers and intelligence aircraft, but far enough to be a tough target for all but the most sophisticated attackers.