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23 Mar, 16 tweets, 8 min read
Happening now: Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on nomination of @USNavy Adm John Aquilino to lead @INDOPACOM
"The Indo-Pacific is the most consequential regions for America's future & remains the priority theater," per Adm Aquilino, nominated to lead @INDOPACOM

Aquilino notes presence of #Russia #China #NorthKorea & #violentextremists - 4 of top 5 defense challenges for US
Adm Aquilino now focusing on "pacing threat" from #China

Says the Us must approach #China w/"a sense of urgency"
"Together with our allies & partners, our professionally trained & lethal joint military force, postured forward, will provide the deterrence required, while enabling diplomacy from a position of strength" per Adm Aquilino

Says #PacificDeterrenceInitiative also "foundational"
NEW: "Global peace & prosperity depends on our presence in the Indo-Pacific" Adm John Aquilino, nominated to lead @INDOPACOM, tells Senate Armed Services Committee
On the Pacific Defense Initiative, Adm Aquilino repeats that it is "foundational"

"But it will take a longer term, sustained investment in order to generate the deterrence required"
.@SenJackReed asks Adm Aquilino about whether the US may be overestimating #China

"Certainly we've seen the largest military build-up by China" Aquilino says "That does bring w/it certain vulnerabilities, whether it be training or command&control across a broader scale"
#Taiwan-"The most dangerous concern is that of a military force against Taiwan" per Adm Aquilino

re #China
#Russia - "1,700 miles of Russian coastline" per Adm Aquilino in the Pacific region

"We watch & we will continue to compete w/#Russia in the Pacific" he adds
Adm Aquilino says #India "is really a terrific partner"

On India's use of #Russia|n weapons systems, "we'll have to work through this...encourage India to consider US equipment"

Says "encouragement angle & providing alternatives" likely better approach than sanctions
"The #UnitedStates Navy is the most powerful, greatest navy on the planet, still, despite number" Adm Aquilino tells lawmakers

"That said...the Chinese are increasing their capability & capacity & closing that gap" he says, adding he supports plans for a larger US Navy
.@USNavy's fleet of 11 aircraft carriers - is it enough?

"The size of that force is correct unless additional challenges show themselves" per Adm Aquilino
#China's confrontation w/#India - "I think the goals ate to supplant US security leadership in the region overall...& generate a change to the int'l rules" per Adm Aquilino
"We have to look at words & not just listen to words but look at deeds" Adm Aquilino says of #China

W/islands in the #SouthChinaSea, "all of those islands have been militarized,whether it be with missiles, jammers, but it is in exact opposition to what China has said"
US freedom of navigation ops in the Indo-Pacific should continue, Adm Acquilino tells lawmakers

re #China
Adm Aquilino says, like current @INDOPACOM Commander, Adm Davidson, missile defense for #Guam "certainly would be a top priority"

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"It is essential"
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Dir Burns will "provide the leadership and support that the brave men & women of the @CIA deserve" he adds
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