Thornberry Unveils Proposal for Indo-Pacific Defense Fund

Posted on Apr 16, 2020 07:35 pm

In an effort to coordinate U.S. regional allies in East and South Asia against Chinese and Russian influence, Texas Representative Mac Thornberry released a draft of a $6.1 billion Congressional authorization for FY2021 to establish the Indo-Pacific Deterrence Initiative, reported CQ.

“These are not all new programs, but by pulling them together under one policy we will be better able to judge our own commitment here at home, demonstrate our resolve to our allies and partners, and deter China,” said Thornberry in a statement.

Provisions of the proposal include a permanent integrated air and missile defense system in Guam, funds for an advanced radar system in Hawaii, and preposition personnel and weapons in strategic Asian locations.

“There still seems to be a reluctance to ‘put our money where our mouth is’ when it comes to the Indo-Pacific,” said Thornberry who is the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee.

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