Goodbye PACOM

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Interesting rename of a major command. I kind of like it. I think we're kidding ourselves if we say it has nothing to do with China, but leaders have to play the game.

INDOPACOM, it is: US Pacific Command gets renamed

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced Wednesday that U.S. Pacific Command would now be called U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, in the latest move to counter Chinese economic and military pressure in the region.
 

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Mattis also said recently that he is having the Navy re-engineer the deployment schedules, because they are so predictable and our potential adversaries will know exactly what ships and what fleets are in what region.
 

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Mattis also said recently that he is having the Navy re-engineer the deployment schedules, because they are so predictable and our potential adversaries will know exactly what ships and what fleets are in what region.
Probably running low on ship captains too
 

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How does renaming counter anything? The geographical delineations are still the same and, I assume, the Chinese have always been able to read basic maps on Wikipedia.
 

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How does renaming counter anything? The geographical delineations are still the same and, I assume, the Chinese have always been able to read basic maps on Wikipedia.
Who knows what the Chinese can do...they invent islands and claim half the western Pacific as territorial waters....
 

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The only good that can come of this is that maybe now USARPAC can get a new unit patch, one that doesn't look like it was created by a 10-year-old using Microsoft Paint.
 

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Anyone else who thinks they can do better is welcome to step up. Keeping China out of everyone's back yard in the Pacific is expensive and potentially dangerous.
My point is, you can't say the US is stopping them when the US is doing very little about it. Personally I think that ship has sailed- China isn't leaving and sanctions can't be put on them so, I hope China enjoys their new islands.
 

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My point is, you can't say the US is stopping them when the US is doing very little about it. Personally I think that ship has sailed- China isn't leaving and sanctions can't be put on them so, I hope China enjoys their new islands.
I don't know that anyone has said that we have stopped them. The US cruising around and doing FONOPS is a huge deal, though. It does not make the islands go away, but the Chinese will think twice about being overly aggressive, especially about staking more "these are our waters" claims. If SECDEF Mattis gets his way and has the Navy create a less-than-predictable deployment schedule, Chinese intelligence will be quite busy having to worry about where were are and what we are doing.
 
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