[Defense in Brief] Pacific forces ‘wielding a butter knife’ against rising China

Air Force officials have scheduled to deploy two contingents of F-22A Raptors to the Pacific theater in January 2009 for approximately three months. Current plans call for 12 of the fighters to deploy to Kadena Air Base, Japan, from Langley Air Force Base, Va., and another 12 to deploy to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. The deployments support U.S. Pacific Command's theater security packages in the Western Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott Wolfe)
The commander of U.S. Pacific Command said that regional forces are “wielding a butter knife” against rising Chinese forces and as such they need more support and better weapons. “If we have to fight tonight, I don’t want it to be a fair fight. If it’s a knife fight, I want to bring a gun. If […]
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