U.S. Army’s Big Guns to South China Sea?!

The Pentagon is searching for ways to more effectively use its Army’s big guns. The artillery has often been called the Queen of Battle. Artillery is most often thought of as an offensive weapon that enables the infantry to obtain objectives more efficiently. Its use in antiaircraft roles is well known. How it would function against cruise missiles is an untried role. Regardless, moving these weapons into areas of tension and dispute sends a powerful message to others. How would China see a large contingent of these big guns moving into nations around the South China Sea? 

Specialist Evan D. Marcy, U.S. Army - http://www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter/3794657653/sizes/o/
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As Written By Kris Osborn, National Interest:

Senior Army and Pentagon strategists and planners are considering ways to fire existing weapons platforms in new ways around the globe – including the possible placement of mobile artillery units in areas of the South China Sea to, if necessary, function as air-defense weapons to knock incoming rockets and cruise missiles out of the sky.

Alongside the South China Sea, more mobile artillery weapons used for air defense could also prove useful in areas such as the Middle East and Eastern Europe, officials said. Having mobile counter-air weapons such as the M109 Paladin, able to fire 155m precision rounds on-the-move, could prove to be an effective air-defense deterrent against Russian missiles, aircraft and rockets in Eastern Europe, a senior Army official told Scout Warrior.

Regarding the South China Sea, the U.S. has a nuanced or complicated relationship with China involving both rivalry and cooperation; the recent Chinese move to put surface-to-air missiles on claimed territory in the South China Sea has escalated tensions and led Pentagon planners to consider various options.

Officials are clear to emphasize that no decisions have been made along these lines, yet it is one of the things being considered. Pentagon officials have opposed further militarization of the area and emphasized that the territorial disputes in the South China Sea need to be resolved peacefully and diplomatically.

At the same time, Pentagon officials have publicly stated the U.S. will continue “freedom of navigation” exercises wherein Navy ships sail within 12 miles of territory claimed by the Chinese – and tensions are clearly on the rise.  In addition to these activities, it is entirely possible the U.S. could also find ways to deploy more offensive and defensive weapons to the region.

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  • nicki-baby

    That BIG headed Kerry is a no-good SOB, I like for someone to take a gun and blow what little brains he has, out of that HUGE HEAD of his,,I would serve him right, I couldn’t do it , but there must be someone out there with enough nerve to do this, along with a few others, I will not name!!!!!

  • Sgtsnuffy

    LOOK FOLKS, WE JUST DON’T HAVE THE ARTY LIKE WE USED TO . WE HAD EVERYTHING FROM 105 UP 8 INCH TRACKED HOWITZERS , THOSE WERE AWESOME PIECES BY THE WAY ACCURATE AS HELL . THE CHINESE LIKE TO DO THINGS IN A BIG WAY LIKE THE RUSSIANS . IF THEY HIT BACK WE’LL BE SWAMPED .

  • ONTIME

    Is this the London Blitz deja Vu….?…….must be a new kind of computerized artillery round……

  • Dave In Arizona

    “. . . How would China see a large contingent of these big guns moving into nations around the South China Sea?”

    Not likely. Obama would never go for showing force anywhere in the world. This would go against his philosophy of leading / losing from behind.

  • uptheante99

    Making sure they are not STATESIDE!!

  • Bob

    has bar rock bowed yet?

    • satin85718

      Before he leaves office he plans on traveling the world and apologize for whatever we did. He’s in Vietnam right now. He’s such a twit.

  • satin85718

    Cat’s got his tongue.