US Navy secretary Carlos Del Toro provided a preview of his new strategic guidance earlier this week and revealed that one aim is to deter China from invading Taiwan, reported Defense News.
Del Toro previewed the new strategic guidance during a lecture at the U.S. Naval Academy Tuesday night, October 5.
“The desired goal, quite frankly, is not to fight China. No one wants to enter into a conflict. … It’s our ultimate responsibility to deter them from what they’re trying to accomplish, including taking over Taiwan,” Del Toro said.
The objective is part of an overall plan to maintain maritime dominance globally, and strengthen strategic partnerships around the world, according to the Secretary of the Navy’s statements.
Del Toro, who took up the NAVSEC position two months ago said that the first priority is about how to spend limited defense funds in ways that will deter China.
The strategic guidance incorporates integrated deterrence with an agile and ready force, modernization of the expeditionary posture of the Marine Corps, and expanding fleet capabilities for distributed operations.
Del Toro told reporters after his speech that he is hopeful that lawmakers would pass a spending plan that adds an extra $25 billion to the defense budget which could support additional naval capacity to keep China in line.
The $25 billion “plus-up” to President Joe Biden’s proposed defense budget under the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act was recommended by Republican ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, Mike Rogers, August 31.
Republicans and some Democrats criticized Biden’s national defense proposal, saying it is inadequate to deter a rising China, Defense News reported August 31.
Del Toro pointed out, Tuesday, that China has proven that it has greater shipbuilding capacity than the US and is making smart investments in space and cyberspace, making smart US investments critical, Defense News reported, October 6.
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