“Rethinking the Approach to Security Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific,” by Col. Jonathan B. Warr, is the latest perspective article for Security Nexus. This insightful piece delves into the complex security dynamics of the Indo-Pacific region, emphasizing the challenges posed by China’s advanced anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capabilities and the imperative of reevaluating security cooperation strategies. Colonel Warr’s article highlights the need for innovative approaches to enhance the deterrence capabilities of the Joint Force, especially in the context of potential conflicts with China. Notably, the article discusses the importance of building partner capacity to ensure the prompt deployment of U.S. forces and equipment, particularly in Southeast Asia and Oceania. It outlines novel ways to enhance interoperability, including providing equipment and training to partner nations and exploring combined units and logistical support agreements. By adopting a comprehensive and nuanced approach to security cooperation, the United States can effectively restore deterrence while ensuring that essential operational capabilities are readily available when needed in the Indo-Pacific.

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