US Navy wants to build fleet of killer robot warships & subs — RT World News

Coming in medium, large and X-large, the US Navy is requesting hundreds of millions of dollars to develop and procure a whole fleet of unmanned sea-faring vehicles in order to “meet future challenges” from countries like China. In the event of a large-scale missile strike from a theoretical war-time opponent, Ronald O’Rourke, a naval expert with the Congressional Research Service, has proposed a novel solution: maritime drones, or “unmanned vehicles” (UVs). UVs are one of several new capabilities—along with directed-energy weapons, hypersonic weapons, artificial intelligence, big data analytics and cyber…

America Must Prepare for the Coming Chinese Empire

BEFORE ONE can outline a grand strategy for the United States, one has to be able to understand the world in which America operates. That may sound simple, but a bane of Washington is the assumption of knowledge where little actually exists. Big ideas and schemes are worthless unless one is aware of the ground-level reality of several continents, and is able to fit them into a pattern, based not on America’s own historical experience, but also on the historical experience of others. Therefore, I seek to approach grand strategy…

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ‘disintegrated into confetti,’ captain appears to have run ‘amok,’ report says

The ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was piloted by a “lonely and sad” captain who experimented with a flight profile almost identical to the aircraft’s final doomed path — one that left a slim chance of finding remains or clues to what really happened in the skies that calamitous evening, a new report reveals. In the July issue of The Atlantic, writer and aviation specialist William Langewiesche delves into what happened to the missing aircraft, including the disclosure that Malaysian officials knew far more about where the aircraft was the night it went missing…

US quietly lowers the threshold for conflict in the South China Sea

The US is ratcheting up the pressure on China’s sea forces in a way that could lower the threshold for conflict in the South China Sea, a hotbed of tension and dispute. The US is signaling a tougher stance toward the Chinese maritime militia, a paramilitary force disguised as a fishing fleet that often harasses foreigns rivals at the fringes of China’s vast sovereignty claims in the disputed waterway. The Chinese maritime militia “thrives within the shadows of plausible deniability,” according to Andrew Erickson, a leading expert at the US…

The Chinese Maritime Militia | BusinessWorld

I’m directing this column to our national and local leaders whose duty is to defend the country, protect the people, and secure our natural resources. There’s a need to adapt mindsets to a deteriorating security situation in the South China Sea — fueled by China’s spurious claims of “indisputable sovereignty” over this vital body of water — by thinking, speaking, and acting as one united leadership to confront the external and internal threats to our national security. China’s “people’s war” has been applying its “cabbage strategy” utilizing three layers to…

Japan’s Largest Flattop Visits Vietnam’s Cam Ranh Port

The first-of-class JS Izumo made a port call in Vietnam this month, as part of its annual Indo-Pacific deployment. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) first-of-class flattop JS Izumo and the Murasame-class destroyer JS Murasame made a port call in the strategically important Cam Ranh International Port from June 14 to 17, the JMSDF said in a statement. Cam Ranh, situated on the southeastern coast of Vietnam, is home to a naval maintenance and logistics facility. The port call, termed a “good will visit” by the Japanese Navy, aimed to “promote understanding and trust” between…

Chinese Vessel Rams, Sinks Philippine Fishing Boat in Reed Bank

Philippine crew rescued by Vietnamese fishermen in disputed South China Sea waters. A Philippine fishing vessel was struck and sunk by a Chinese fishing vessel near the contested Reed Bank in the South China Sea on Sunday. The 22 crew members were then left to fend for themselves before being picked up by a Vietnamese fishing boat. They were ultimately recovered by the Philippine Navy. The Philippine fishing vessel Gimver 1 was anchored when it was struck by a vessel the crew described as being Chinese. The Philippine Coast Guard…

Beijing denies ‘hit-and-run’ against Philippine boat in South China Sea, International, Phnom Penh Post

Filipino fishermen on board the BRP Ramon Alcaraz on Occidental Mindoro. PHILIPPINE COASTGUARD/AFP Beijing confirmed on Saturday that a Chinese vessel hit a Philippine fishing boat in a collision which has increased tensions in the disputed South China Sea, but denied claims it was a “hit and run”. The Chinese trawler sailed away after the incident on Sunday near Reed Bank that sank the fishing boat, sparking outrage from Philippine authorities and media. While President Rodrigo Duterte has largely set aside the once tense stand-off with China over the resource-rich…