Guam not only a location to fight from, also to fight for – US admiral

United States Indo-Pacific Command (US INDOPACOM) commander Admiral Philip S. Davidson, during US Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on US INDOPACOM posture on March 9, said that Guam is not only a location where US fights form, but also a location to fight for.

“America’s day begins in Guam, and it is not only a location we must fight-from, but one we must also fight-for given the threats we face in the near term and the foreseeable future,” Admiral Davidson said.

He said for the past years he repeatedly stated the most important action US can take to increase the joint force’s lethality is to introduce a 360-degree, persistent, air and missile defense capability on Guam (Guam Defense System).

“This system and the associated architecture must be robust enough to address the emerging threats, including hypersonics and the ability to integrate existing weapon control systems within this decade,” he asaid.

Davidson explained “the GDS could be established cost effectively with mature Programs of Records consisting of Aegis Baseline (B/L) 10, solid-state radar (SPY-6 or SPY-7 variant), MK-41 VLS, Aegis Ashore, and SM3/SM6.”

“NDAA-2016 directed the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Army, and Navy to evaluate Aegis Ashore (A.A.) capabilities and costs worldwide to provide the Homeland’s adequate protection. The MDA report identified several Indo-Pacific locations where fixed and persistent integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) are desired. Of the four sites identified, one is a test site (Hawaii), two are facilities in Japan, and the fourth site is Guam,” he said.