Iran’s Nightmare: Time for America to Use Drones in the Persian Gulf?

Key point: Unmanned systems offer an important and innovative way to counter Iran and to learn how to best use these systems. Introduction Current incidents in the Arabian Sea should be seized as an opportunity to advance naval conceptual thinking about unmanned maritime systems in gray zone operations. Gray zone activities are an astute object for concept development, as they “creep up on their goals gradually,” rather than involving decisive moves, as Michael Mazarr has argued. In response, Mazarr contends, gray zone operations will “call for a greater emphasis on…

China shows off world’s first STEALTH armed drone – and the US has no defence against it – The Sun

CHINA has developed a world-first stealth drone capable of flying for extended periods of time and hitting targets with extreme precision completely undetected. The craft, named Sharp Sword, is part of a new generation of unmanned combat air vehicles, and is thought to be capable of evading current US defence systems. 10 The Sharp Sword is capable of flying for extended periods of time and hitting targets with extreme precisionCredit: AFP or licensors It was unveiled at China National Day parade on October 1, when president Xi Jinping declared that…

Chinese naval base in Cambodia

The undisclosed military pact between China and Cambodia forms another significant example of China pursuing dual-use infrastructure projects in the Asia-Pacific – while simultaneously denying the existence of such projects. Moreover, Hun Sen’s denial of the deal demonstrates that the Cambodian government, once viewed by Western countries as a potential ally in the region, is growing ever closer to China. Lastly, Chinese access to Ream base marks another step towards a looming rivalry with India in the Pacific region. Cambodia and China have reportedly signed a secret deal allowing…

A fight for love and glory

A fight for love and glory In a recent article (A tweet is just a tweet, Sept. 16), we used parts of the song “As time goes by” to describe the US-China trade war. On the surface, the US-China conflict appears to be a tariff battle. However, upon closer observation, one can see that it goes beyond the trade war. The line “A fight for love and glory” from the song aptly describes Trump and Xi’s battle for global supremacy. What started out as a trade skirmish now includes…

Why America Should Pay Attention to This Chinese Navy Ritual

Key point: China’s Lunar New Year tradition reveals important information about China’s navy and its growth. Every year, about this time, the leaders of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) send their regards to Chinese sailors deployed overseas during the Lunar New Year. Every year these messages are covered by the Chinese press. Few in China pay attention to these reports. Fewer foreign observers even know of them, but they should. This annual ritual tells the story of China’s emergence as a global naval power. A Tradition is Born PLAN…

Conditions ripe for onset of North-East monsoon

Weather models do not indicate the possibility of any major development in the Bay of Bengal during the next fortnight, which normally witnesses the arrival of the North-East monsoon. The month of October, which marks the shift from the South-West to North-East monsoon, has, in the recent past, witnessed major cyclones such as ‘Titli’ (2018), ‘Phailin’ (2013) and ‘Hudhud’ (2014). Supportive environment Elevated sea-surface temperatures and low ‘wind shear’ in the Bay of Bengal have helped incoming remnants of land-falling storms from the South China Sea/ North-West Pacific to develop…

Pat Buchanan: Is China the country of the future? | Columnists

With the fall of the Nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek, the defeat of his armies and the flight to Formosa, that was the question of the hour in 1949. And no one demanded to know more insistently than the anti-Communist Congressman John F. Kennedy: “Whatever share of the responsibility was Roosevelt’s and whatever share was (General George) Marshall’s, the vital interest of the United States in the independent integrity of China was sacrificed, and the foundation was laid for the present tragic situation in the Far East.” Tragic indeed was…

Carthage man recalls naval accident that caused deaths of 74 sailors | Local News

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A Carthage resident is among those U.S. Navy veterans seeking to add 74 names to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Rick Warden was in the South China Sea on June 3, 1969, when those 74 sailors died on the Sumner-class destroyer USS Frank E. Evans. Warden was serving on the USS James E. Kyes in the same destroyer squadron when the Evans was involved in a nighttime crash with the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne during an exercise with ships from several other navies. Even…