President Biden Announces Pentagon-China Task Force
President Joe Biden announced at the Pentagon last week how the military is posed to caution China in the Pacific region.
“It will require a whole-of-government efforts, bipartisan cooperation in Congress, and strong alliances and partners…That is how we will meet the China challenge and ensure the American people win the competition of the future,” Biden said.
According to a department fact sheet, authors will take a look at the department’s strategy, operational concepts, technology and force structure, force posture and force management, intelligence, alliances and partnerships, and military relations with China.
A task force of up to 15 Defense Department employees will review these issues under the leadership of Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Ely Ratner. They will have four months to prepare recommendations and findings regarding issues with China for Defense Secretary Llyod Austin and Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks.
“The task force will work quickly, drawing on civilian and military experts across the department to provide within the next few months recommendations to [Defense] Secretary [Lloyd] Austin on key priorities and decision points so that we can chart a strong path forward on China-related matters,” Biden told reporters.