Amphibious Ops, Air Defense Key in Philippines Exercise With U.S., Japanese Forces

Marine Lance Cpl. David Lancheros shares his knowledge about the engagement process of a FIM-92 stinger missile with Philippine Airman 2nd class Sherwin Faoeranga during a subject matter expert exchange as part of exercise KAMANDAG 3 at Colonel Ernesto P. Ravina Air Base, Philippines on Oct. 9, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo U.S. Marines are sharpening their amphibious skills right alongside amphibious assault vehicle crews of Philippine Marines and Japanese sea soldiers in a series of exercises that aim to tighten cooperation between the three nations. The Philippine-led exercise, known…

Philippines, US defense treaty should address China’s ‘gray zone’ tactics — analysts

Philippines, US defense treaty should address China’s ‘gray zone’ tactics — analysts MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines and the United States should revise its 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) to counter China’s actions in the disputed South China Sea, analysts said. Adrien Chorn and Monica Michiko Sato of the CSIS Southeast Asia Program noted that the existing treaty between the two countries is not clear on gray zone threats. Chorn and Sato noted that gray zone threats can include a mix of conventional warfare, irregular warfare and cyberwarfare with other influencing…

Extension of defense pact with Singapore will enable US roil S.China Sea waters

US President Donald Trump (right) and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore hold a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, the US on September 23. Photo: AFP Editor’s Note: Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and US President Donald Trump on September 23 renewed the 1990 Memorandum of Understanding Regarding United States’ Use of Facilities In Singapore, a key defense pact between the two countries, and extended it by another 15 years to 2035. How will this move influence security in the…

US alliance remains ‘cornerstone’ of Japan’s defense strategy, new report says – Pacific

US alliance remains ‘cornerstone’ of Japan’s defense strategy, new report says TOKYO — Japan’s Ministry of Defense said strengthening relations with the United States is “more important than ever,” and bolstering its own defense capabilities can make that happen, according to its latest defense report published Friday. Japan continues to consider relations with the U.S. the “cornerstone” of its defense strategy amid an uncertain and severe security environment, according to the annual report, Defense of Japan. To boost the alliance, Japan should “proactively and independently strengthen our…

China, a top defense spender, becomes major arms exporter

Soldiers of People’s Liberation Army stand inside tanks at a drill during an organized media tour at a PLA engineering academy. Petar Kujundzic | Reuters Beijing has not only become a major defense spender, but increasingly analysts say China is also turning into a top arms exporter. Over the past five years, China was one of the largest exporters along with the United States, Russia, France and Germany and China, according to data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) published in March. Those nations accounted for three-quarters of…

Europe should be wary of China, US Defense Secretary Esper cautions

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper is cautioning Europe to be wary of China, asserting that the nation is seeking to expand its influence at the expense of others. In London on Friday, during his first major policy speech since becoming defense secretary, Esper argued that Beijing seeks greater global influence by leveraging economic power and stealing technology. His speech comes amid a more than yearlong trade war between the U.S and China that is shaking up supply chains all over the world. “I would caution my friends in Europe — this is not a problem in some distant…

US defense chief Esper cautions Europe to be wary of China

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper cautioned European allies against cozying up to China, arguing on Friday that Beijing seeks greater global influence by leveraging economic power and stealing technology. “The more dependent a country becomes on Chinese investment and trade, the more susceptible they are to coercion and retribution when they act outside of Beijing’s wishes,” Esper said in a speech at the Royal United Services Institute, a think tank. Esper’s assertion that China is seeking to expand its influence at the expense of others has been a common U.S.…

US defense chief cautions Europe to be wary of China

In this Aug. 28, 2019 file photo, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks to reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon in Virginia. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) LONDON (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper cautioned European allies against cozying up to China, arguing on Friday that Beijing seeks greater global influence by leveraging economic power and stealing technology. “The more dependent a country becomes on Chinese investment and trade, the more susceptible they are to coercion and retribution when they act…

Military Must Be Ready to Confront Hybrid Threats, Intelligence Official Says > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Story

Hybrid warfare — also known as grey zone conflict or low-intensity conflict — is a reality, and the U.S. military must be ready to confront and deter it, a senior intelligence officer said. Army Lt. Gen. Karen H. Gibson, the deputy director of national intelligence for national security partnerships, discussed the lessons learned in combating hybrid warfare during the Defense News conference in Arlington, Virginia, today. Hybrid warfare is the effort to achieve strategic objectives without using significant force, the general said. It is an amorphous definition for an amorphous strategy. Hybrid…

Rody ready to go to war in defense of Sulu Sea but…

President Rodrigo Duterte said he is ready to go to war if any country should claim the Sulu Sea, but admitted he cannot do the same with China over maritime disputes in the West Philippine Sea. “I have plans also of my own. The Sulu Sea is ours. I will never budge also. When the time comes, we will also patrol that area to show that is mine. I will not compromise—we can go to war over that. Sulu Sea is ours. That will really be contentious because I am…