It’s Time for a Massive U.S. Navy Base in Australia

Some ideas are worth broaching even when it’s plain no one will act on them instantly, in whole, or even in part. They make sense even when vagaries of politics or strategy may rule out implementing them. They force people to think—and on occasion, the times catch up with the idea. Case in point: back in 2011 my wingman Toshi Yoshihara and I bruited about the idea of basing U.S. naval forces in Australia. We went big. Under our proposal, an aircraft-carrier expeditionary strike group or another heavy-hitting fleet contingent…

ASEAN defense ministers meet in Bangkok

The defense ministers of members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have met in Bangkok to discuss regional security issues. The meeting took place in the Thai capital on Sunday. In a speech, Thai Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan expressed hope for continued cooperation among member countries to address challenges facing the region’s security. The 10 ASEAN defense ministers are believed to have discussed the South China Sea, where China is increasing its presence. North Korean denuclearization is also believed to have been on the agenda. During a summit…

China latest: Wonder weapon threatens to isolate Taiwan and prevent US protection | World | News

As per South China Morning Post, 16 of the DF-17s were on parade on the October 1 National Day celebrations. Zhou Chenming, a Beijing based military expert said the DF-17 had extended China’s range and gave China the ability to prevent the US aircraft carrier strike group from intervening. Mr Zhou said: “The DF-17 is designed as an offensive weapon amid Beijing’s defensive strategy to build a fence outside the Taiwan Strait to stop US warships from entering and intervening in any possible war between the PLA and the Taiwanese military.”…

South China Sea, Rohingya on agenda in Asean defence meeting

Asean defence ministers participate in the Asean Defence Ministers’ retreat in Bangkok on Sunday. (AP photo) Ten defence ministers from Southeast Asian Nations on Sunday held an informal meeting in Bangkok with regional issues, including the South China Sea and Rohingya crisis on their agenda. The retreat was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, who in charge of security affairs. At the opening ceremony, Gen Prawit thanked the Asean defence ministers for the continuity of close cooperation under Thailand’s chairmanship and hoped looked forward to further ties in the…

Vietnam Shows Malaysia And The Philippines How To Fight The South China Sea Wars

A photographer takes picture of a map showing the position of the Chinese oil rig in the disputed … [+] waters at the South China Sea during a press conference in Hanoi on June 5, 2014 held by Vietnamese Foreign Ministry accusing Chinese ships of attacking Vietnamese vessels near to the site of the oil rig off Vietnam’s central coast. China fired water cannon at a Vietnamese vessel and damaged another of Hanoi’s ships, Chinese state media said on June 3, in the latest confrontation over disputed waters in the…