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New PACOM commander identifies ISR concerns in region

02 May 2018

The new head of US Pacific Command (PACOM) says he is worried about its capacity to conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) in that area of operation (AOR), while being concerned about China's ability to perform its own ISR operations.

“PACOM only has about a quarter of the ISR it needs in the AOR,” Admiral Phil Davidson told the Senate Armed Services Committee on 17 April in written responses to questions on his nomination to the PACOM post, which was confirmed on 26 April.

“In the South China Sea, the PLA [People’s Liberation Army] has constructed a variety of radar, electronic attack, and defence capabilities on the disputed Spratly Islands, to include Cuarteron Reef, Fiery Cross Reef, Gaven Reef, Hughes Reef, Johnson Reef, Mischief Reef, and Subi Reef.

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