More of the top stories you need to watch for in 2020!

Navy Times annually looks to the future in late December, not the past. We want to arm sailors and their families with insight into what we think might be the top trends or news events in the coming year. We chose 16 stories we think you should watch for in 2020. They were produced by Military Times Deputy Editor Leo Shane III, Senior Navy Times Reporter Courtney Mabeus, Senior Military Times Reporter Geoff Ziezulewicz, Military Times Overseas Operations/COCOM reporter Shawn Snow, Defense News Capitol Hill Reporter Joe Gould and Defense…

Does China Want to Take Over the World? Part 3: South China Sea

Narration: There are three major components to China’s global ambitions: The Belt and Road Initiative, 5G, and the South China Sea. Simone Gao: I mean in the history of the world, very few power or no power has been able to dominate both land and sea, you know, at the same time. But China, through belt and road initiative is trying to do that. Mr. Sitilides: you can plan out what your objectives are and then order your corporations, your banks, your lending institutions, your industrial leaders to undertake the…

Harvest year for military equipment

  The year 2019 has been a year of harvest for China’s military equipment, as the country revealed and showcased a massive selection of the latest, advanced and powerful weapons that operates on land, sea and in the air.  These displays of China’s new weapons showed transparency in the country’s military development, Chinese experts said on Sunday, and sent a message to the world that China was determined to safeguard sovereignty and peace. China will not be invaded and robbed of the fruits of development and countless lives like a…

We lost our islands with arbitration award – The Manila Times

Third of 4 parts RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO AS discussed in my last column, the arbitral tribunal declared only one feature occupied by China in the Spratlys, Mischief Reef, as within our exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which the superpower cannot claim since as a “low-tide elevation,” or one which sinks to the sea at high tide, it cannot be appropriated by any country. Even that victory is doubtful because China argues that it claims Mischief Reef not as a separate feature, but as part of its Nansha islands. Whether China is…

Brighter Kashmir

 Former chief of Indian Air Force (IAF) B.S. Dhanoa said that a proposal to strike Pakistan after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks was rejected by the then government. Dhanoa said that the Indian Air Force was aware about the terror camps in Pakistan and were ready to hit out. “But it is a political decision on whether or not to carry out a strike,” he said.He gave the statement while addressing students at the VJTI”s annual festival, Technovanza.Dhanoa, who was the air chief between December 31, 2016, and September 30,…

These are the threats we face in a dangerous decade ahead, says MARCO GIANNANGELI | Express Comment | Comment

Harold Wilson had withdrawn troops from “east of Suez”. Western Europe was blue, the Soviet Union red, and the border between clear. Our generals knew our enemy, where he was, what he wanted and how to stop him. We thought those days had gone when Jihadism replaced Communism as the doctrine that most threatened our way of life. Military planners shed conventional strategies to fight a new kind of war; one without defined boundaries where enemies hid in the shadows. Two decades later, we once again face great power competitors.…

Marriott: Expect More Than Expected In 2020 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR)

NEW YORK (December 28) We first recommended Marriott (MAR) at $66 in February of 2016. Since then, the stock has appreciated more than 130% and returned investors a total 143%. The trajectory continues as of this writing. It is, today, a global leader in the hospitality sector with a variety brands across all lanes of that market, access to which are all ensconced in the BonVoy brand and App. We expect superior performance from Marriott in 2020, as regional economies around the world now appear to be improving from estimates…

Looking down on a decade: Satellite images tell the stories

There has been no shortage of big news over the last decade. Spanning the globe, some stories were expected while others caught the world off guard. Some were so massive they were visible from space, captured through state-of-the-art imaging satellites belonging to technology company and imagery provider Maxar Technologies. Together, The Associated Press and Maxar assembled a selection of the most striking images. HURRICANES The year 2017 was the year America’s hurricane luck ran out. For much of the decade that began in 2010, hurricanes with winds of 111 mph…

India hoists a ‘metal chain’ in the Indian Ocean

Over at the South China Morning Post, analyst Yogesh Joshi reminds us that great-power strategic competition isn’t just a U.S.-China or U.S.-Russia thing. There are other geopolitical heavyweights out there. Many take an interest in the Indian Ocean. For example, both Britain and France have vowed to mount a frequent, if not standing, naval presence in the Indo-Pacific to help offset Chinese and Russian ambitions. And let’s not forget India, a budding titan that regards itself as the Indian Ocean region’s benevolent overseer. New Delhi is a permanent factor in…