McCain: funding decisions on hold
by Mindy Aguon
Guam - "Defining America's interest in Asia" was the focus of Senator John McCain's speech before the Center for Strategic International Studies. The CSIS is conducting an independent study of the realignment of military forces in the Pacific that is mandated by law.
The Ranking Senate Armed Services Committee member has called the previous realignment plans totally unaffordable. "The recent agreement to rotate 2,500 U.S. Marines through Australia could serve as a model for similar activities elsewhere, such as the Philippines. Ultimately, these and other new developments offer an opportunity to think creatively and comprehensively about a new regional force posture, which should include a fresh approach to the realignment on Okinawa and Guam," he said.
McCain went on to say that the recent joint statement of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee raises more questions on cost estimates, logistical requirements, force sustainment, master plans and how the proposal relates to a broader strategic concept of regional operations. The senator said the U.S. must get these important decisions right and no major funding decisions will be made until the independent assessment is completed and reviewed.