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U.S. lacks Asian logistics support for armed conflict: Pentagon

Watching Russian setbacks in Ukraine, Washington eyes expanded fuel storage in Japan

The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd receives fuel from the Military Sealift Command replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe in the Pacific Ocean in 2020. (U.S. Navy photo via Reuters)

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Defense believes that American forces lack sufficient logistics capabilities in Asia to refuel and rearm in the event of an armed conflict in the region, a document reveals.

The Pentagon's assessment, which appears in the long-term program planning document for the U.S. Pacific Deterrence Initiative (PDI) submitted to Congress by mid-April, strikes a note of urgency.

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