“We have to provide the Marines what they need to operate in that environment," Commandant of the Marine Corps David Berger said of the need for light amphibious warships. "And if that [means] less Marines, I’m willing to do that. I don’t want to do that."
Several U.S. defense leaders said they are worried that any confrontation with China over Taiwan would lead to a wave of significant cyberattacks against U.S. critical infrastructure that could disrupt day-to-day life.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative of lending money to countries wanting to improve their infrastructure has been a tactic of influence in the Indo-Pacific region. But allies are growing wise that there are strings attached, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command tells Defense News.