Admiral John Menoni, the outgoing commander of Joint Region Marianas, says he completely agrees with Admiral Philip Davidson, the head of US Indo-Pacific Command, who stressed the importance of Guam to regional security and American interests in testimony delivered before the Senate Armed Services Committee this month.
In his testimony, Davidson said the THAAD missile system on Guam is not capable of meeting the current trajectory of threats from China.
Toward this end, Davidson reiterated the need for the deployment of the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense system to Guam to bolster the defense of the island from Chinese missiles.
The Aegis Ashore is the land-based component of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, which provides missile defense against short to intermediate-range ballistic missiles.
During an interview with K57’s Patti Arroyo, Menoni says he supports the admiral’s advocacy for Guam’s defense.
“Aegis Ashore is what Admiral Davidson had been talking about bringing in homeland defense system here to Guam to protect not only the U.S. citizens here but also the military forces that are here. I think that is a good thing. I think that advocacy for Guam…defending Guam and its people is something that I fully endorse,” Menoni said.
An Aegis Ashore air defense system for Guam could be delivered in 2026, if funding is approved.