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Forbes, Hanabusa take up Asia-Pacific oversight

Bi-partisan HASC team to explore key issues

Recently, at a media roundtable, Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., and Rep. Adam Smith,D-Wash., respectively Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, unveiled a slate of oversight activities focused on the "AsiaPacific Rebalance." The oversight effort will be led by Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., Chairman of the Seapower Subcommittee and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii.

Speaking on the agenda ahead, Rep. Forbes said, "I want to thank Chairman McKeon for the opportunity to lead this important effort with my friend and colleague, Rep. Hanabusa. Although it is often said, it is worth repeating: U.S. policy towards the Asia-Pacific remains a truly bipartisan effort. I understand there are a variety ofperspectives on the region and the long-term security role our Nation should play there. I can say with confidence there is a broad consensus at a strategic level to continue the now seven-decade old project to maintain a stable balance of power in the region. What this series will explore are some of the operational and tactical-level questions that concern our future posture in the region. What shape should our naval posture and presence look like? What role will the Army and Marine Corps play? How should our allies contribute and what are the limitations to cooperation? I look forward to exploring these questions and more as we begin this process."

Rep. Hanabusa added, "The Obama administration has recognized that strategically, economically and diplomatically, the Asia-Pacific region will provide our greatest challenges and opportunities going forward. It is time for Congress to devote more of our resources and energy to providing leadership in this arena. All of us, particularly those on the Armed Services Committees, have a responsibility to consider the long-term demands on our military power. This series aims to enhance the understanding of Asia-Pacific Security issues for both our colleagues in Congress and the general public."

This oversight series includes a broad mix of hearings, closed briefings, and other committee engagements. The Committee will reach out to solicit views from former PACOM officials, regional ambassadors, and respected thought leaders on U.S. defense posture in the Asia-Pacific. Highlights of planned hearings are listed below. The events are expected to take place between now and early 2014 and include:
  • 2013 Report to Congress of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission
  • DOD's Rebalance To The Asia-Pacific
  • Responding to PLA Space Capabilities (Joint Seapower and StrategicForces Subcommittees)
  • Asia Pacific Maritime Disputes (Seapower Subcommittee)
  • Responding To PLA Naval and Aerospace Modernization (Joint Seapower and Tactical Air Land Subcommittees)
Specific hearing dates will be announced as available. more

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