US Navy must stay at sea and stay vigilant to defeat coronavirus

Greece stared death in the face in 480 B.C. The Great King of Persia was summoning overpowering strength to conquer the city-state of Athens, and ultimately the Greek world as a whole. Alert to mortal peril, Athenian leaders dispatched envoys to plead with Pythia, the oracle at Delphi, for divine counsel. As the historian Herodotus reports, the Athenians found her first prophecy indecipherable. So they went back seeking a better one. This time the oracle supplied clearer but still murky guidance. “Farsighted Zeus,” proclaimed Pythia, had granted Athens “a wall…

China Bashers Strike Out in the South China Sea

This editorial was written as a rebuttal to China Enlists Academics in South China Sea Propaganda War.   Recently an article appeared in Geopolitical Monitor attacking an article I published in the South China Morning Post. It also attacked me personally. I welcome this opportunity to respond by explaining the finer points of the issues- and the normal bounds of academic debate. As for the latter, substantive disagreement on the issues is fine; personal attacks are not. Indeed, I am surprised that Geopolitical Monitor published this diatribe that called my…

National security matters more than ever in new era of coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus crisis should shake all of our assumptions about national security. The United States has been investing in a military establishment as if the next threat would look like the wars and conflicts that occurred in the 20th century. The administration has raised defense spending while at the same time cutting budgets for public health agencies. It should be no surprise that we are drastically unprepared for the real invader today. The Spanish flu of 1918 arrived in the final stages of World War One. The pandemic and the…

NASA coronavirus tips: How astronauts survive in isolation – what YOU can learn from it | Science | News

Much of the world has now been placed under strict isolation rules due to the COVID-19 virus, and NASA has shared its tips on how astronauts can survive in the loneliness of space. NASA astronauts have to undergo extreme psychological tests in order to survive on the International Space Station (ISS) and on journeys to celestial bodies such as the Moon. The most necessary skill the space agency states is communication, and how it is important to talk about what our mental states are going through. A blog post from…

Will the Philippine-US military alliance survive Duterte and Trump?

MANILA — In mid-March, Philippine and American military officials met at Camp Aguinaldo in Manila to confront the biggest question currently facing their alliance: What to do after Aug. 9? The date marks the official termination of their Visiting Forces Agreement, 180 days after Manila served the notice of repeal to its lone mutual-defense treaty ally. “The unilateral abrogation of the VFA has triggered a major crisis in the alliance,” said Renato De Castro, a regional security expert and professor at De La Salle University in Manila, during a recent…

US Navy Deploys Preventive Medicine Units To Test Crews In South China Sea

KEY POINTS No COVID-19 cases reported in 7th Fleet Special medical testing teams sailing on three ships Plan in place if coronavirus is discovered The Navy has taken coronavirus testing directly to the 7th Fleet in the South China Sea. The fleet is deployed to remind China the waters are international and open to its neighbors. Teams from the Navy Forward-Deployed Preventive Medicine Units and Naval Medical Research Center joined the amphibious assault ship USS America, the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge last week.…

Coronavirus: Europe frontline COLLAPSES as 4,800 health workers infected in Italy | World | News

One of the victims, Dr Leonardo Marchi, worked as an infectious disease specialist and medical director of the San Camillo Nursing Home in Cremona, a city in the region of Lombardy. Mr Marchi, 64, who headed the nursing home for 11 years, was married and had two daughters. The second tragedy saw Manfredo Squeri, a retired hospital doctor, from Parma, the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagn, die just hours later. He worked as a doctor in charge of the medicine department at the Piccole Figlie di Parma nursing home, affiliated…

could the world have prepared better for a pandemic?

As much of the world gets used to social distancing, school closures and restrictions in movement in response to the coronavirus pandemic, obvious questions are being asked about how governments and companies can prepare themselves for these sorts of extreme events. One technique that has gained prominence in helping business people and officials deal with events that have a low probability but high impact is called scenario analysis or scenario planning. There are a number of different methods that can be used to model scenarios, but in essence these all…

South China Sea: How coronavirus could see China lose grip on region | World | News

Professor John Blaxland warns that while the region moves closer to conflict “than in generations”, a decelerating economy in China could see its stronghold on the South China Sea weaken. He wrote in December: “There is a gnawing sense that this decade may see us get closer to the brink than in generations.” He adds that China’s President Xi Jinping is struggling to maintain Beijing’s rise in the face of a shrinking population and decelerating economy. This, coupled with “an inclination to project blame on others using the ‘century of…

How China And Russia Worked To Make The INF Treaty Obsolete

Key point: Just as China has transformed its economy in a short period of time, the same has happened with its military. In 2017, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (“PLA”) announced plans to bring down its 2.3 million strong forces below 1 million with the Army’s share falling below 50 percent. Then last year the PLA slashed three-hundred-thousand ground troops from its rolls and announced that more than half of all noncombat positions had been eliminated. On top of that, it claims to have reduced its officer rolls by thirty percent.…