Asian Allies Must Maintain a Burning Focus on China

Viewpoint: U.S., Asian Allies Must Maintain a Burning Focus on China Image: iStock The greatest value of the National Defense Strategy released in 2018 is its burning focus on great power competition and specifically on the increasingly global challenge we face from a surging China. For several reasons, the United States allowed the capability and capacity gaps we enjoyed over any potential adversary to shrink since the end of the Cold War. That gap is closing at an increasing rate, and the urgency to refocus on the Chinese pacing threat…

As The Navy Preps A New Force Structure, Debates Rage Over Robots

Last Thursday, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, fresh from revealing an effort to cut 40 billion dollars from the Navy’s budget, announced that the U.S. Navy was “going to put a force structure out here in the next several days.” As part of this new force structure, he emphasized that “autonomous systems or lightly-manned systems or minimally-manned systems are a part of what we are looking at in terms of the future.” Unmanned ships are nice things to work towards. But critics note…

Philippines to End Military Cooperation Pact With U.S.

World leaders gathered for the Munich Security Conference over the weekend in one of the most important military and foreign-policy conferences of the year. This year’s theme was “Westlessness.” No, that’s not a typo. Instead, the conference focused on a fundamental shift in world order. Since the end of the Second World War, “the West” has been one of the key players in world events. While not totally unified, the West includes the United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Western Europe, with Eastern Europe joining after the end…

USS America | Turning Ships Into ‘Lightning’ Aircraft Carriers

U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Dana Beesley The U.S. Marines claim that their ability to turn amphibious ships into aircraft carriers is a major advantage on the battlefield. Amphibious ships, though not full-fledged aircraft carriers, can carry up to 20 F-35Bs. The ability to mount different types of attacks on an adversary using the same ship platform complicates the enemy’s ability to mount an effective defense. The U.S. Marines are touting the ability to quickly reconfigure an amphibious assault ship into a mini-aircraft carrier carrying up to 20…

Japan Needs More Fifth-Generation Jets

In past eras, achieving these goals involved a disparate force of mission-specific aircraft—air superiority fighters; command and control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C2ISR) airplanes; and, more recently, tailored stealth aircraft. Today, modern technology merges these federated mission areas into a single airplane in the form of a fifth-generation fighter. F-22 Raptors and F-35 Lightning IIs are highly lethal kinetic platforms able to strike targets in the sky or on the ground. They are loaded with sensors, processing power, and advanced pilot interfaces. Their stealth designs, situational awareness, and ability to…

Chernobyl Off the Coast of California? A U.S. Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier Almost Sunk in 1985.

Key point: There is always a risk of a naval collision or running aground. However, with proper training and equipment, these can be avoided. Spend some time with Google Earth, an atlas or a globe and you will see that California, for peoples used to the Atlantic, was indeed the far side of the world well into the nineteenth century. What is now one of the most populated, navalized coastlines on Earth remained poorly known even to mariners. (This first appeared several years ago.) Somehow such mystery lingers, for once the world’s most…

The Navy Wants A Rapidly Deployable Version Of Its Cold War Era Submarine Monitoring Network

The issue with active sonars is that, by emitting the sound pulses, they alert opponents to their presence, giving them the opportunity to attempt to evade or avoid detection. It also makes them easy to detect and therefore vulnerable to hostile action. It’s not clear how a persistent active sonar system might work in practice, but it could only activate when passive sensors detect an object of interest. The Navy’s plans for the complete DSS family does also include a DSS Deep Water Passive (DSS-DWP) component, as well as a…

The 5 most powerful armies in the world

Battlefields are constantly evolving, leading countries around the world to pump hundreds of billions of dollars each year into their armed forces in a race to develop the most advanced training, technology and weaponry. As of 2020, Global Firepower, a website that tracks military strength, says the following five armies are the most powerful, based on a rank given to them after looking at how they compare in categories “ranging from military might and financials to logistical capability and geography”: 5) Japan With an estimated active military personnel of 247,160,…

The Pentagon Is Sitting on a Chunk of Valuable Airwaves. Why?

As they bicker, Chinese companies aren’t waiting … and U.S. producers fear that they’re being shut out of a quickly developing new technology by their own government. Now, as 5G moves quickly from a sales pitch to a business reality, a significant battle is erupting between wireless carriers, which want the government to free up the Pentagon’s share of the mid-band airwaves for commercial use, and Pentagon generals, who warn of national-security risks if they lose control. As they bicker, Chinese companies aren’t waiting: Huawei and others are moving quickly…