This video highlights the “asymmetric advantage” of American alliances in the Pacific compared to China.
But they also pose significant vulnerabilities in terms of the art of statecraft in times of crisis.
The Wall Street Journal video below focuses on the PRC behavior being countered in part by expanded alliance military cooperation.
One could note that Ospreys are playing a visible part in moving pieces across the chessboard.
The recent Army decision to procure a tiltrotor platform (the V-280), the Navy its CMV-22Bs, the USMC and USAF Ospreys already in the region and the Japanese Ospreys suggest that a good topic for further analysis might be “tiltrotor in the evolution of Pacific deterrence.”
The featured video: MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, arrive at Chitose Air Base, Hokkaido, Japan, Feb. 4, 2020. The arrival of the Osprey to exercise Northern Viper brings an added element, further advancing opportunities for continued bilateral coordination between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. Northern Viper is a regularly scheduled training exercise that is designed to enhance the interoperability of the U.S. and Japan Alliance by allowing Marine Air-Ground Task Forces from III Marine Expeditionary Force to maintain their lethality and proficiency in MAGTF Combined Arms Operations in cold weather environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dylan Hess). CHITOSE AIR BASE, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN 02.04.2020 Video by Lance Cpl. Dylan Hess 3rd Marine Division).
CHITOSE AIR BASE, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN 02.04.2020 Video by Lance Cpl. Dylan Hess 3rd Marine Division