By Ryan Faith

February 3, 2016

At a Wednesday briefing on Capitol Hill, Dr. Andrew Krepinevich, [President] of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Analysis, spoke about that very thing: How to stifle Chinese plans to kick US ass in any big war, which is a matter of defending the so-called “First Island Chain” — a string of islands that collectively form a wall, boxing in Chinese air and naval power and preventing them from getting out into the Pacific and doing real damage. In his talk, Krepinevich mentioned how attractive it might be to put SM-6 missiles on all those tiny little islands sitting off the Chinese coast to swat down Chinese aircraft. Krepinevich also mentioned that it would be really helpful to put long-range rockets and ballistic missiles on all those little islands, so they could take out key Chinese targets far inland from the first island chain. That could be an enormous complication for Chinese military planners.

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