The Marines’ Amphibious Assault Ships Have 1 Big Flaw

Key point: These ships carry a lot of troops and equipment but they are vulnerable to attack. Maybe even too vulnerable. The incoming commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps is backing away from the service’s longstanding requirement for 38 dedicated amphibious assault ships. The move could signal the beginning of a new approach to amphibious warfare for the world’s leading marine force. ​This first appeared in 2019 and is being reposted due to reader interest. New commandant Gen. David Berger is “willing to shed some key tenets of the Marines’ amphibious…

Developing a strike capability to hit China would generate dangerous uncertainty

In his recent two–part Strategist series, ASPI’s Marcus Hellyer made the case for Australia developing a long-range strike capability. I disagree, but my counterargument is not absolute: Australia ought to have the ability to sink ships thousands of kilometres from our shores, but we should renounce the ability to hit land targets at long range. The strategic weight of Australia and its ally the United States is diminishing in relative terms. The main reason is China, whose military rise will ensure that the US will cease to be the region’s…

The Coronavirus Is Killing U.S.-China Cooperation

As Washington shifted its worldview over the last several years to a sharp focus on China competition, even the most claw-bearing hawks generally left open the possibility of cooperation. Key transnational issues, such as climate change and nonproliferation, challenge all nations and require collaborative responses even among adversaries. While the United States and China compete fiercely, it previously seemed to most that enhanced rivalry should not preclude working together when interests dictated it. But amid an unprecedented crisis as the new coronavirus spreads, cooperation is the last thing on either…

Rita Wack – Coronado Eagle & Journal | Coronado News

A popular resident of Coronado for 50 years, Rita Wack, was born Sept. 1, 1933 in Decatur, Illinois. Rita’s father was the local milkman and she sometimes rode along with him in his horse and cart on his regular rounds. Rita was often in the company of her cousins who introduced her to her life-long loves of tennis and jazz music. She graduated from Decatur High School in 1951 and went to Millikin University where she majored in French and English (German minor) and graduated in 1955. Rita had a…

US seeks to push back China

Even though US politics is intensely polarized since Donald Trump became US president, there is one area, though, where both sides of the country’s divide, the Republicans and the Democrats, are united – Communist China. United States (US) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China has emerged as “the central threat of our times”.               US Defense Secretary Mark Esper dwelt on it recently in his address to an international security conference in Munich, Germany. He said, “The Chinese Communist Party is heading even…

Former Obama official attacks Trump administration over Navy readiness

Tommy Vietor has previously defended Qassem Soleimani. On Wednesday, Vietor joined that inauspicious record to a provision of masterful hypocrisy. The former chief spokesperson for President Barack Obama’s National Security Council did so with this tweet. I’m sorry, but any former Obama national security official who criticizes others about force readiness is not being very honest. By withholding defense spending as leverage for even higher domestic spending, the Obama administration hollowed out the military during its second term. Officials like Vietor didn’t just preside over greatly reduced force readiness, they…

Enforcement of arbitral award is PH core interest – The Manila Times

Second of four partsTHE ruling of the Hague arbitration tribunal vindicated the Philippines’ protests and swept away the apparent picture of China being in a position to control the South China Sea because of its military and economic power. The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States is a component of the Philippines’ collective defense to have a pragmatic approach to the enforcement of the arbitration ruling. Nine-dash lineThe main threat to the Philippines’ security is the nine-dash line, which seeks to convert the South China Sea into a…

China may begin plans on non-lethal weapons to target US warships in the South China Sea

China challenges US with 2nd aircraft carrier: Know all about CNS Shandong A state-run media in China said that the country should use non-lethal weapons against the US warships while transiting through the South China Sea. The reports came after the country’s potential use of a laser on Navy P-8A maritime patrol aircraft near Guam last month. The article published on Tuesday said that the state should use electromagnetic weapons such as low energy laser devices which could send strong messages to the US ships without visible contact. The article…

China Enlists Academics in South China Sea Propaganda War

During this COVID-19 global crisis, when facts and fiction are easily blurred, Beijing is using cyber skills to disseminate fake news stories, expelling American journalists, and turning to invited academics to steer policymaking arguments and write narratives that are patently false. In a recently published South China Morning Post article, ”Why the US-Vietnam Strategic Alliance in the South China Sea is Unlikely to Last,” Dr. Mark Valencia, a maritime policy analyst and a visiting senior scholar at China’s National Institute for South China Sea Studies, appears lost at sea without…

The U.S. and China Are Fighting Just As They Need to Unite

In happier times. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images An awful lot of world history — especially the parts in which diseases spread, leaders fall, and wars start — inspires the same modern-day reaction: “Nah, leaders wouldn’t do something that stu— oh, wait, they did.” So when you glance up from juggling whatever combination of work, kids, elderly relatives, cash flow, and toilet-paper supply in the last week to see headlines about the U.S. and China expelling each other’s reporters, blaming each other for creating the coronavirus, and generally behaving…