The commander of the U.S. military’s Indo-Pacific Command said on Tuesday he hopes to activate another missile defense system on Guam several years from now.
“I will say that my No. 1 priority and the most important action we can take to rapidly and fully implement the National Defense Strategy as a first step in – is a 360-degree persistent and integrated air-defense capacity in Guam,” Adm. Phil Davidson said on Tuesday, according to a transcript of a phone conference with reporters.
The announcement was made as China has been reported to have developed ballistic missiles with a range that can reach Guam. One of China’s new missiles has been nicknamed the “Guam killer.”
The announcement was made about a month after the Japan government announced it had suspended plans to deploy two U.S.-made Aegis Ashore air defense radar stations designed to detect and counter ballistic missiles.
Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono