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LCS In Pacific: Run Silent, Run Shallow

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


What good is a little ship in a big war on a big ocean? It can hide behind islands and in shallow waters, sniping at the enemy fleet — much like the PT boats of World War II or skirmishers in a Napoleonic army. That’s the US Navy’s newest argument for its much-criticized Littoral Combat… Keep reading →

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Senate OKs ‘Indispensable’ Palau Compact In NDAA

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: If the Pacific is the most important theater, then the islands of Palau are surely among the most important pieces of real estate for the US. As we reported earlier, however, the House Armed Services Committee didn’t seem to accept this when they dropped language from the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act authorizing payment… Keep reading →

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‘Indispensable’ Palau Deal At Risk; Will China Get Access?

Posted by Colin Clark on


“Palau is indispensable to our national security and funding the compact is key to our strategic presence in the region.” That’s what the Defense Department’s 2018 budget request says — but the House Armed Services Committee disagrees, defunding a $123.9 million payment that gains us access to the islands. Why is Palau indispensable? Look at… Keep reading →

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