The US government led by President Donald Trump who is also the commander in chief has signaled that it may increase its military deployment in East Asia. Military commentators and defense industry experts have said that the move is meant to send a very big statement to Beijing that the US is the sole remaining post-cold war superpower. According to reports by the Wall Street Journal, the Pentagon on Friday said that it is boosting its expeditionary forces in Eastern Asia using troops that will be supplied by the US Marine Corp. The US military through Arlington is planning to cut down the number of troops that have been deployed in the Iraqi and Afghan wars and re-deploy them in East Asia.
The spokesperson of the Pentagon, Lt. Col. Christopher Logan from the US Marine Corp said that the Defense Department does a progressive analysis of how they deploy their military personnel throughout the world depending on urgency and American interest at hand. However, Logan said that he did not have the authorization to discuss any ongoing deployment plans. However, some military spectators have criticized the plan and say that it would worsen the already volatile situation and the tensions that exist between Washington, Beijing, and Pyongyang regarding military deployments in the region. The US has already dispatched a carrier strike group and stealth bombers in the Guam island of west Pacific.
The deployments include B-2 spirit bombers which are capable of carrying a nuclear arsenal and nuclear powered Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. The expeditionary forces that have been deployed in many parts of the world by the US military are meant to serve as a quick reaction force with the capacity to offer anti-terrorism combat capacity to major threats to American interests abroad and respond to the crisis. Lt. Colonel Daniel Davis from the US Army has said that the additional deployments in the region play directly into their concerns and the fears that the repressive regime in Pyongyang may attack the continental US, her territories or her allies.
Col. Davis is now a defense expert to a Washington-based think tank known as Defense Priorities. He has also previously served as a South Korean military advisor while he was still on active duty. It is however quite clear to many that adding deployments in the region could intensify the tensions in the Korean peninsula where the US has given demands to Kim Jong Un to abandon his nuclear weapons program.