While portions of the bill seek to strengthen ties by economic means ("requesting a a direct report on future U.S.-Republic of Korea Security and Trade cooperation)--much of the bill focuses on military posture and analysis.
Some of the bill's proposals include:
- Requiring an Independent Assessment of Anti-Access/Area-Denial Challenges
- Requiring Net Assessment of Chinese Naval Modernization to conduct a study of the maritime balance of forces in the Asia-Pacific
- Requiring the Department of Defense to submit a report on cross-Strait balance of maritime forces between China and Taiwan
- Requiring Development of a Pacific Command Munitions Strategy
- Directing improvements in missile defense cooperation and capabilities
It will be interesting to see if the bill gains traction on the Hill in the form of additional co-sponsors, which will be the tell-tale sign of this bill moving forward in the House. Rep. Forbes does hold substantial sway with his Committee assignments and tenure in Washington, so the bill would appear to have a chance of gaining momentum in the coming weeks.