U.S. Asian Allies Raise Regional Stakes With Military Spending

By Michael Fabey
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology

About 22% of those surface vessels are patrol/missile boats. Maritime patrols, either by sea or in the sky with aircraft such as the P-8 are important to the region, known for the risk of pirate attacks.

“When patrols go up, pirate attacks go down,” says Noel Choong, the head of the Asia regional office at the International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Center, part of the International Chamber of Commerce.

Regional partners and allies of the U.S. in Asia also need to maintain and operate their existing equipment and programs. They plan to spend about $451.3 billion between 2013 and 2018 to do that, about 53% more than the $294 billion they spent between 2008 and 2012.

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