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Topic - Patrick Cronin
Food, water and medical supplies trickled into hard-hit areas of the Philippines on Tuesday, as the U.S. dispatched an aircraft carrier group to lend aid and the U.N. appealed for $301 million in emergency assistance to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, which killed at least 2,000 people.
Increased activity at North Korea's main underground nuclear test site suggests that the rogue communist nation is preparing to conduct another illegal atomic weapons blast, according to a report by a Washington-based research institute.
To hear the Obama administration tell it, the motivations behind the current U.S. foreign policy pivot to Asia couldn't be more obvious.
U.S. naval planners are scrambling to deal with what analysts say is a game-changing weapon being developed by China: an unprecedented carrier-killing missile called the Dong Feng 21D that could be launched from land with enough accuracy to penetrate the defenses of even the most advanced moving aircraft carrier at a distance of more than 900 miles.
"Perhaps the most urgent need is [air]lift," said Patrick Cronin, senior director of the Asia program at the Center for a New American Security in Washington. "The Philippines lacks the ability to reach remote and disparate areas quickly and with large quantities of supplies."
"The remote and dispersed terrain and the utter destructive capacity of this typhoon will fully tax the U.S. and international response," said Mr. Cronin, who served as the third-ranking official at USAID in the George W. Bush administration.