Indo-Pacific View

P. S. Davidson Admiral, U.S. Navy Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command

Dear Readers,

Welcome to Indo-Pacific Defense FORUM’s edition on power projection.

Power projection is the ability of a nation to use some or all of its instruments of national power to influence others to act or behave in a certain way.

This issue of FORUM examines power projection from many perspectives. Dr. Clive Hamilton, an Australian author and professor of public ethics at Canberra’s Charles Sturt University, looks at how the People’s Republic of China (PRC) wages political warfare against foreign nations to advance its agenda of expansionism and to pursue global domination. Related articles address specific tactics the PRC uses to influence both China’s soldiers and foreign citizens.

To counter such aggression and discourage challenges to shared interests, allies and partner nations must cooperate on security endeavors. A staff-written article shows how Japan is offering a reliable investment alternative to the PRC’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) infrastructure plan for Mekong development. 

Also in this issue, Ambassador Jane M. Hardy, consul general of the Australian Consulate General, Honolulu, shares Australia’s approach to ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific. Australia is strengthening bilateral and multilateral engagement and forging critical relationships to enhance interoperability and counter aggressor nations and nontraditional security threats.

Allies and partner nations in the Indo-Pacific use various combinations of diplomatic, military, economic, and information instruments to promote regional security and ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific. We must continue to work together to strengthen response capabilities and security cooperation to discourage challenges to our collective shared interests and maintain the rules-based international order that has led to the past 70 years of regional prosperity.

I hope this edition energizes the regional conversation and advances security solutions. I welcome your comments. Please contact the FORUM staff at with your perspectives.

All the best,

P. S. Davidson

Admiral, U.S. Navy

Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command