James Holmes, a professor of strategy at the Naval War College, is thinking about America’s new Pacific entente, the rise of China, and the possible directions US-Indian cooperation can take down the road. Blogging at The Diplomat, Holmes writes:
The U.S., Japanese, South Korean, and Australian navies already field Aegis and ballistic-missile defense systems or are moving to acquire this technology for their guided-missile destroyers. Other prospective partners, notably the Indian fleet, don’t. This spotlights potential “interoperability” problems within the U.S.-Japanese-Indian entente. With disparate equipment and training, that is, Asian militaries could find it hard to work together smoothly. A caucus could form within Mead’s entente cordiale, not only up on the political echelon, but at the level of nuts and bolts. This bears watching.
He’s right. It is one thing to launch an entente, another to develop it into an effective military or political force. The next generation of American thinkers and strategists will have much to do as they knit together a new Pacific system.