Pacific leaders say they need more funding to compete with China

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Pacific leaders say they need more funding to compete with China (yahoo.com)

Noah Robertson

Thu, March 14, 2024 at 10:21 AM GMT-10·3 min read

America’s military leaders in the Pacific are asking Congress for a surge in funding to keep their edge against China.

The request comes in the form of an annual review Indo-Pacific Command sends lawmakers, listing what it thinks is necessary to stay the region’s top military power.

Defense News obtained an unclassified copy of this year’s report, which requests around $26.5 billion. That’s more than $11 billion above what INDOPACOM asked for in 2023 and more than four times the figure from two years ago. Much of the money would go toward precision weapons, infrastructure on Islands where American forces could operate and the missile defense of Guam — a longtime focus of the combatant command.

The 2024 defense policy bill allotted $14.7 billion for the Pacific Deterrence Initiative — a select list of what the Defense Department spends in the region.

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