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Israeli Worries About Chinese Investment Spark Calls For Closer Scrutiny

Posted by Arie Egozi on


TEL AVIV: Israel needs something like America’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to monitor and, when needed, curtail Chinese investment that may pose a national security threat. “Surprisingly, we don’t have a body that supervises operations of Chinese companies in Israel and that is very worrying. I hope that this will… Keep reading →

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Minefields At Sea: From The Tsars To Putin

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Atlantic Ocean (Dec. 13, 2003) -- A Dummy Mine explodes after service members assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 6 attached 20 pounds of explosives to the device during a mine counter measures exercise. EODMU-6 is embarked aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the Atlantic Ocean conducting Composite Training Unit Exercises (COMPTUEX) in preparation for their upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 1st Class Brien Aho. (RELEASED)

This is the first of three stories on the crucial but neglected question of sea mines and how well — or not — the United States manages this very real global threat. Since World War II, mines have sunk or crippled 15 US Navy ships, more than all other weapons put together. Like roadside bombs on land,… Keep reading →

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White House Must Bolster Pacific Strategy Across Government: Former CNO, HASC Members

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: The recently retired senior admiral of the Navy, Adm. Gary Roughead, says the Obama administration must do much more across the government to ensure the Pacific pivot works and is well directed, joining his voice to four prominent House lawmakers. I asked Roughead after today’s hearing on the Pacific “rebalance” if he knew about… Keep reading →

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Air-Sea Battle Is More About Bin Laden Than Beijing: Former CSAF Schwartz

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CRYSTAL CITY: Don’t think Beijing. Think Abottabad. The evolving concept known as Air-Sea Battle isn’t all about a war with China, nor a budget war with the US Army, said the former Air Force chief of staff who is one of the concept’s founding fathers. Instead, said Gen. Norton Schwartz, who retired just last fall,… Keep reading →

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John Lehman, Gary Roughead: Fix Procurement To Save The Navy

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: In a remarkably non-partisan moment amidst the current strife over budget cuts and Chuck Hagel, Ronald Reagan’s Navy Secretary and George W. Bush’s Chief of Naval Operations told a Republican-helmed committee that the Navy’s real problem was not the Obama administration’s budget but decades of creeping bureaucracy that have eaten every budget’s buying power.… Keep reading →

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Former CNO, DepSecDef Fight To Stop Cuts To Navy’s Humanitarian Mission

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Disaster relief, medical assistance, and other humanitarian missions can provide a low-cost way for the military to build US influence in Asia and elsewhere, a key part of the administration’s new national security strategy, but this “soft power” approach is complicated both by civilian aid groups’ suspicion of the military and by looming budget… Keep reading →

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CNO Bets On Underwater Drones For Future Fleet

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


Washington: Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead is betting that unmanned underwater systems will be the future for the Navy, and he is already taking steps to ensure that future becomes reality. As questions circulate over the feasibility of the Navy’s shipbuilding plans and the viability of its current surface fleet, unmanned underwater vehicles… Keep reading →

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Navy Drops Carrier Group, Down To Nine

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


UPDATED Washington: A recent Navy decision to deactivate one of its aircraft carrier groups could be a sign of things to come for the service’s carrier fleet. For more news and information on the swiftly-changing defense industry, please sign up for the Breaking Defense newsletter. You can also catch us on Twitter @BreakingDefense. On Monday,… Keep reading →

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