2021-09-15 23:44:31 Biden to Announce National Security Initiative
Biden to Announce National Security Initiative
According to Elbridge Colby, former deputy assistant secretary of defense strategy and force development, China’s aggressive tactics in the Pacific and the need to ensure Taiwan’s security required the US to empower Australia, even if it meant deviating from the effort to reduce the use of weapons-grade nuclear fuel.
“The importance of correcting the deteriorating military balance in the western Pacific outweighs the valid non-proliferation questions and concerns,” said Mr. Colby, who recently published a book arguing that the United States should prepare for war with China. “If non-proliferation must take a back seat, that is the correct decision.”
In a briefing, administration officials described the submarine project as the first in a series that would bring Australia closer to the military alliance. They stated that future projects could include artificial intelligence, quantum computing, cyber technology, and addressing supply-chain issues.
However, Australia has been a member of the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance, which includes the major English-speaking victors of World War II, for more than seven decades. The other four countries are the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand. They exchange information on cyber threats as well as a variety of terrorism threats on a regular basis. Australia already has a significant offensive cyber capability as well as a vast detection network, and it has frequently participated in operations to counter China’s cyber capability.
Mr. Colby described the decision to share the technology as a “significant step” toward countering China’s aggressive tactics in the Pacific.
“The only way we’re going to be able to correct that is by focusing our own efforts and, more importantly, enlisting and elevating our allies’ efforts,” said Mr. Colby, who wrote the Trump administration’s national defense strategy, which emphasized competition with China and Russia.
The collaboration was the latest effort to counter China’s growing influence in the Pacific. Lloyd J. Austin, the United States’ defense secretary, visited Singapore, the hub of the United States’ naval presence in the South China Sea, to reassure Southeast Asian nations of the administration’s commitment to the region. During a trip to Hanoi this summer, Vice President Kamala Harris also accused Beijing of “bullying,” while also offering a Vietnamese delegation a Coast Guard cutter to boost the country’s presence in the region.