"A wise man once said that if you are not present you are absent. And if you are not present in the Western Pacific you are absent."" Those words reverberated around the hall at the Omni Hotel in San Diego during the Hita I Marianas conference in May. They catalyzed a palpable sense of anticipation. The words were those of David Bice. They were directed at companies that had traveled from across the country to learn about Guam and the military buildup. What the retired general said transcended the opportunities created by the buildup. He was revealing a broader vision . . .
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