Last week, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter visited U.S. allies in Asia, the latest emissary sent forth to reinforce the shift of U.S. military and diplomatic focus from the Middle East and Central Asia to the Pacific.
The visit presents a unique chance to look beyond orders of battle or seapower studies to understand the nature of U.S. global power today.
After the opening decade of the 21st Century, assumptions about enduring U.S. primacy have been dashed. America, once gain, must earn its leadership role in the world. Nowhere is this more true than in the Pacific, where China’s rising economic and military might offer the region an increasingly realistic alternative to the U.S. Success economically, militarily and diplomatically in Asia requires a lot of work at home first.