“Elbridge Colby, who led the team that helped develop the Pentagon’s military strategy to counter China and Russia, said the new missile would be an important addition to the U.S. non-nuclear arsenal.

“’It is an important step forward in strengthening our conventional posture, especially in Asia,’ said Mr. Colby, who left the Pentagon last year.

“The new land-based weapon, Mr. Colby said, would present the Chinese military with more U.S. systems to worry about and would also be more cost-effective for the U.S. than air- and sea-based variants that are launched from expensive planes and ships. While Asian nations might be reluctant to allow the U.S. to base the missiles on their territory, Mr. Colby said the allies’ thinking would change if Beijing’s armed forces are perceived as a growing threat…”

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