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How US Allies Can Keep An Electronic Eye On China

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The Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments has some new ideas for how even relatively poor allies can help keep the peace in the Pacific.

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Can NSA Stop China Copying Its Cyber Weapons?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


China is copying malware the NSA has used against them. Is this preventable or is it an inherent weakness of cyber warfare?

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Two LPD Amphibious Ships Cut From 2020 Budget Plan

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Are big, expensive vessels like amphibious ships and carriers too vulnerable in a long-range missile war with Russia or China?

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Pentagon To Retire USS Truman Early, Shrinking Carrier Fleet To 10

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The move could save more than $30 billion over 25 years to invest in high-tech weapons — but Congress is sure to explode in outrage.

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‘Fight To Get To The Fight:’ Marine Amphibs Under The Gun

Posted by Paul McLeary on


CAPITOL HILL: Threatened by hundreds of precision-guided munitions now in the hands of Russia and China, the Navy and Marine Corps continue to search for technologies and tactics that will allow them to operate close to the coastline without unsustainable losses. “We’re going to need long-range fires that can operate from a ship or from… Keep reading →

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2019 Forecast: Hard Choices On Invisible Warfare

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


There are real signs of a renaissance in electronic warfare. Now comes the hard part: translating new strategies and concepts into doctrine, requirements, and systems in the field.

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The US & China: A Colder Peace or Thucydides’ Trap?

Posted by James Kitfield on


As President Trump pushes Beijing on trade and cyber espionage, the United States and China are on a collision course. The U.S. urgently needs a new strategy to avoid the traditional fate of rising and status quo powers: catastrophic war.

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Royal Navy Lands 1st F-35B on New Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“We’re not going to pretend it’s easy,” Rear Adm. Keith Blount, assistant chief of the Naval Staff told reporters. “But this isn’t unfathomably difficult for us. We are enjoying going back into the big time, and this is one of those big steps on that ladder. It’s hugely exciting and should be reassuring to those back home and to those on this side of the Atlantic.”

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Keep Ships Longer To Boost Fleet Size: 355 Ships By 2035

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Instead of growing from 284 ships now to 355 in 2052-2055, the timeframe officials cited in the past, the Navy could reach its goal in 2032-2035, said Vice Adm. Thomas Moore, chief of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

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Vice ADM Rowden: Scapegoat?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: After a string of firings and retirements, the highest-ranking naval officer yet stepped down over accidents that killed 17 sailors. But was Vice Adm. Tom Rowden truly culpable in the summer 2017 collisions, or is he a scapegoat for deeper systemic problems? Our expert sources frankly disagreed. The argument against Rowden is simple. As… Keep reading →

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