New technologies will project U.S. power in Asia: Gates

Protecting allies, guarding shipping lanes among objectives

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said June 4 the United States will use many of the latest weapons and technologies in its arsenal to maintain a strong military presence throughout Asia to protect its allies and help guard shipping lanes, reports Defense News and Agence France Presse.

Radar-evading aircraft, surveillance drones, warships, and space and cyber weapons will all be brought to bear to ensure these objectives, Gates said at a security conference in Singapore.

Senior U.S. officials have warned that China’s military buildup that includes production of anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles, and also cyber warfare capabilities, poses a potential threat to U.S. naval power in the region.

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