03 February 2010

No Game Changer for China

Captain Sam J. Tangredi, U.S. Navy (Ret.), No Game Changer for China,” U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Vol. 136, No. 2 (February 2010), pp. 24-29.

“The specter of the Chinese antiship ballistic missile could be just that if the United States takes a serious look at updating existing technology and past successful programs. …

Even Andrew Erickson and David Yang in their influential articles admit that we don’t know if the PLA has actually developed the capabilities, is involved in a theoretical or internal dialog, is simply trying to pressure America concerning Taiwan, or is trying to intimidate South Korea and Japan and interfere with their relationship with the United States.

It is, however, prudent to take the ASBM threat seriously, and begin by determining how and with what capabilities we already possess or could soon possess to neutralize the threat. …”