US Naval Institute looks at ChinaApril 14, 2014
Proceedings is the monthly journal of the US Naval institute. The April 2014 issue is focused primarily on the naval challenge that China presents to the US. Several of the articles are open to the general public, but many require membership with USNI (which includes both a digital and paper subscription to Proceedings – well worth the price of membership for anyone interested in geopolitics). This issue does a good job of covering many different possible approaches to dealing with China in the Western Pacific. James R. Holmes argues for a very forward strategy of fortifying and patrolling the First Island Chain, while Milan Vego argues for the less aggressive approach of a distant blockade of Chinese shipping as it transits from the Indian to Pacific Oceans.
I strongly recommend reading the entire issue, but these two pieces in particular. I also read with particular interest the Navy’s dormant plans for transforming Guam into a forward base capable of hosting aircraft carriers. This would make Guam a clear and early target for preemptive attack . . . which is actually another reason why I believe that Guam should be made a state. An aggressor would be far more reticent about attacking a US state than it would a territory, IMO.