The US is so weakened in the Indo-Pacific region, it could now lose a short, sharp conflict started by Beijing in just “hours”, up-ending the military order in our region. Furthermore, Australia is no longer able to rely on Washington to come to its defence. That’s the conclusion of a new report published by USSC that found years of spending cuts, an “outdated superpower mindset” and ageing equipment mean US military installations in the region are vulnerable to being wiped out by China in a surprise battle. reports on the findings of the USSC research.