By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Congressman Michael San Nicolas vowed to seek more information from the military regarding the security situation in the Pacific region, which is facing threats from China and North Korea.
"Your congressional office is making unprecedented efforts to - as best as possible - provide our island with information to help us make better decisions and we will continue to do so as opportunities permit," San Nicolas said following a briefing Tuesday.
Locally elected leaders were hosted by Joint Region Marianas (JRM) and Admiral Nicholson for an official briefing by intelligence professionals in INDOPACOM out of Hawai'i.
Participating senators and mayors were updated on regional threats and the projected growth of those threats in the years ahead, as viewed from the military perspective of INDOPACOM. Opportunities for questions were provided, which helped local leaders better understand the information provided.
"Having received briefings from INDOPACOM as your congressman over the years we felt it was important to extend the same to our local leaders, and we thank INDOPACOM, JRM, and Admiral Ben Nicholson for facilitating this request," San Nicolas said.
"We can with confidence inform the people that your local leaders are as informed as your congressman on the unclassified threats facing our island, and have sufficient information to better represent the people of Guam in the context of these threats," San Nicolas continued.
"While we wished to extend this to greater public participation, the U.S. military does not extend requested briefing opportunities to the general public for national security reasons but we are very fortunate that much effort was made to do so for those elected to represent the people of Guam, and we extend our thanks to Admiral Nicholson, JRM, and INDOPACOM," San Nicolas said.