PACOM chief warns: US bases unprepared to defend Guam against China


Adm. Phil Davidson

(Updated)

China has a "profound advantage" in ballistic and ground-launched cruise missiles against the United States, rendering Guam highly vulnerable to any possible attack, according to Adm. Phil Davidson, chief of the Indo-Pacific Command.

On Monday, Reuters reported that China’s air force has released a video showing nuclear-capable H-6 bombers carrying out a simulated attack on what appears to be Andersen Air Force Base.

The video, released on Saturday on the People’s Liberation Army Air Force Weibo account, came as China carried out a second day of drills near Chinese-claimed Taiwan, to express anger at the visit of a senior U.S. State Department official to Taipei, Reuters reported.

"We have to get into that offensive force game as well," Breaking Defense, in an earlier story, quoted Davidson as saying.

Davidson reiterated the warning during an an online talk hosted by the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, according to an article published in Breaking Defense Sept. 18.

"The thin line of defenses aimed at stopping ballistic and cruise missiles from striking Guam has long been a driving concern for Davidson, and he’s asked repeatedly for the Aegis Ashore air defense system to be built on the island. The base’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, missile defense battery can only see in a 120-degree range — and it’s looking toward North Korea," the article reads.