Guam, Palau identified as potential launchpad for Army's strike missiles

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Picking up an offensive role in the Pentagon’s operational buildup in the Indo-Pacific in preparations for any potential conflict with China, the U.S. Army hopes to field new long-range land-based missiles by 2023.


The Army isn't sure which one of the U.S. allies in the Asia Pacific — if any —would be willing to host ground-launched missiles, but military strategists point to Guam and Palau as default possibilities.

In a press briefing with the Defense Writers Group last week, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said forming new Multi-Domain Task Force units armed with long-range missiles will provide "multiple options to the combatant commander."