US Pacific military leader warns of China vulnerability amidst Houthi defense costs

by ian

A top U.S. commander over the Indo-Pacific voiced concerns about a defense budget shortfall yesterday.

Admiral John Aquilinio told Congress his region has an $11 billion shortfall in air defenses and missiles to adequately protect U.S. forces in his region, which includes China.

This comes after months of defending merchant vessels in the Red Sea from near-daily Houthi attacks. The Yemen rebels use Iranian drones and missiles that cost “one-hundred times less” than U.S. defense equipment, according to Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.). He suggested that those missiles could be saved “for a potential fight with China.”

The admiral responded that it was a valid point. The admiral added that the military has “tough choices” to make for future defense investments.