US Army hunts for bases to deter China but logistics pose hurdle
Acting secretary wants role in finding new Southeast Asian partners via drills and diplomacy
Soldiers look out of a CH-47F Chinook helicopter over the Hawaiian Islands. Finding new bases in the Indo-Pacific will be a political challenge for the Biden administration. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)
NEW YORK -- The U.S. is reviewing its Indo-Pacific military footprint to prepare for great-power competition against China, with the Army cultivating and strengthening partnerships with key Southeast Asian players.
The objective is to have a nimble expeditionary joint force spread widely across the region that is difficult for an adversary to strike in a single blow, yet still close enough to such critical areas as the Taiwan Strait.