Kerr: Navy can make amends on two 1960s tragedies – News – fosters.com

The story goes that Adm. Ernest King, America’s hardnosed chief of naval operations, was once asked how to handle press relations during World War II. “When it’s over, tell them who won,” King reportedly growled. The Navy has long had a reputation as arguably the most close-lipped of the U.S. military services. With good reason, given its high-tech arsenal of nuclear weaponry and the fact one branch known as the “Silent Service” operates in absolute secrecy beneath the ocean’s waves. But while the Navy may be entrenched in its traditions,…

UM professor helps Malaysia develop conservation areas, protect species

IMAGE: University of Montana associate professor Jedediah Brodie recently published a paper detailing a major conservation success in the Malaysian state of Sabah, where Brodie and a team of scientists worked… view more  Credit: Jedediah Brodie MISSOULA – Jedediah Brodie has spent a career tromping around tropical rainforests, conducting on-the-ground research in some of the world’s most lush and diverse regions. An ecologist and conservation biologist, Brodie has spent the past 20 years working with nonprofits and state governments in Malaysian Borneo in the South China Sea to conserve land, wildlife…

Australia ups the ante to counter China

Message to Beijing, loud and clear. The friendly folks Down Under are stepping up their military presence in the Indo-Pacific region, and make no mistake, the crosshairs are entirely pointed at the growing power of China, says a special report from Prof. Paul Dibb at Real Clear Defense. The first action is the announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison of a US$1.1 billion upgrade to the Royal Australian Air Force base at Tindal, to lengthen the runway so that US B-52 strategic bombers as well as RAAF KC-30 air-to-air refuelling…

Is China turning Indo-Pacific concept into reality?

— New Eastern Outlook THE concept of the Indo-Pacific as a region is relatively new. Western politicians and journalists began using it with increasing frequency as the confrontation between the West and China continued to intensify. The fact is that as the People’s Republic of China’s economic, political and military clout kept growing at an unprecedented rate in the last decade, the nation began to seek the status of a superpower comparable in influence to the United States or the Soviet Union. An increasingly powerful China started actively competing with…

Beijing maintains expansionist tendencies

China has not lost its interest in oil and gas assets around the South China Sea You have 1 free article remaining Subscribe now for unlimited access or become a Bronze Member for free  For queries see our FAQ or contact us Subscribe Bronze Sign-up Member Login China has not been distracted from its assertive agenda in the South China Sea despite its domestic focus on combating Covid-19. It continues to deploy oil and gas vessels and military muscle to bolster its position in the strategically vital region.   The major focus of…

Outbreak of coronavirus adds to the risk of miscalculation between global enemies

COVID-19 presents a once-in-a-generation challenge. But this painfully unpredictable new world conjures a risk of miscalculation between global adversaries, in conflicts where knowns and norms held crisis at bay. It throws normal assessments off balance. It introduces the possibility that a troublesome neighbor may be weak, or a long-term threat not as threatening as it has been for the past decades. Governments or militaries may see opportunity — or danger — where before certainties of response meant they ruled it out. As I write, an extraordinary tit-for-tat is occurring between…

Brunei Announces Upcoming Fiscal Year Defense Budget – Defense Security Monitor

Brunei has announced its budget for the upcoming 2020-2021 fiscal year with defense receiving an allocation of BND606 million ($430 million). That represents a 2.7 percent nominal increase over the FY19/20 earmark and will, according to the Brunei Ministry of Defense, help reinforce the three-pillar defense policy of the state, which involve diplomacy, deterrence and “holistic defense”. Challenges for the military cited in the MoD announcement included protecting national assets in the South China Sea, cyber defense and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The small uptick in defense investment stands in…

Indonesia’s Natuna Challenge – The Diplomat

Advertisement A few days before Christmas last year, a mobile phone video taken by an Indonesian fisherman in the Natuna Sea recorded Chinese vessels escorted by the Chinese Coast Guard fishing in Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The footage soon went viral, causing a national uproar. Herman, a Natuna fisherman, complained in a television interview that during the night “when there are no Indonesian navy patrols, foreign fishing vessels with trawls enter [Indonesian waters] and catch fish. “We confront them. We show them the maps that we got from the…

South China Sea mapped: China’s new standoff with Malaysia as Philippines tensions boil | World | News

The flashpoint has erupted after Malaysia explored waters outside its economic exclusion zone, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), leaving China and Vietnam livid. For the past three weeks the countries have been wrestling for control as part of the wider battle for oil rich waters in the region. But the new clash has been sparked by a British drillship – the West Capella – deployed by Malaysia to an area which lies within the Malaysia-Vietnam Joint Defined Area (JDA) as well as China’s Nine-Dash Line. Some of…