Senators in Guam say a delay in the United States submitting its master plan for the military build-up is stalling overall preparations.
Senator Judith Guthertz, who has been asking the defence department for the master plan since 2008, has tabled a resolution urging the Pentagon to submit it.
"The Senior Policy Advisor for the Senator Guthertz, Dr Richard Wyttenbach-Santos (witten-bark-san-toss) says the build-up cannot proceed until the master plan, to determine the placement of marines, is completed."
He says decision-makers are struggling to agree.
We just consulted with a high ranking member of the Pentagon and he says it's because they really are in a quandary inside the Pentagon on two competing philosophies.
Dr Richard Wyttenbach-Santos the ideas are to either place the 5,000 expected marines in the most logical area or shrink the size of the force to 4,000.