U.S. ups military presence in Pacific, China’s main concern

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The US will continue to invest in future weapons systems especially relevant to the Asia-Pacific’s complex and dynamic security environment as part of its rebalance to the region, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.

These include high-end capabilities such as a new, long-range stealth bomber and a new, long-range anti-ship cruise and investments in areas like rapid runway repair, he said in a speech on Monday at the Arizona State University.

“We’re also working on new weapons like a railgun, which uses electromagnetic forces rather than high explosives to fire rounds at much higher speeds, lower cost and with greater effectiveness. And we’re developing new space, electronic warfare, and other advanced capabilities, including some surprising ones,” he said. philstar.com

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