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Pence, DoD Roll Out Harder Line on China, Russia

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Vice President joined Mattis, the Centcom chief, and Trump’s NATO Ambassador in slamming Russian and Chinese moves. The push comes just before a major White House report takes even more specific aim at China’s industrial policies.

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How To Implement The National Defense Strategy In Pacific

Posted by Andrew Krepinevich on


The National Defense Strategy does a service by getting the diagnosis right. But that is only the first step. To get the right prescription—the defense program—we will have to develop the operational concepts that link the ends sought with the means we can procure to achieve them.

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Trump, Kelly, & The Coast Guard: Exclusive Interview With Adm. Zukunft

Posted by Robbin Laird on


With the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States and with Trump’s nomination of Gen. John Kelly for Secretary of Homeland Security, life is going to change for the US Coast Guard. Trump’s campaign focused intently on border security, asking a fundamental question: Why do we send thousands of troops… Keep reading →

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Best Of 2016: China Rising

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


That China is a growing threat — even an “enemy” — is one thing incoming president Donald Trump and the Washington national security establishment agree on. But just how dangerous is China’s increasing military strength and international assertiveness? What painful historical experiences drive Chinese thinking in ways a Westerner might not understand? And what’s the… Keep reading →

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China Seizes US Underwater Drone, Fortifies Disputed Islets

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATE: China agrees to return drone WASHINGTON: The same day the US Navy made its case for a much larger fleet of 355 ships, the Chinese navy seized an American underwater drone 50 nautical miles off the Philippines. Just two days earlier, the independent Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative reported China had fortified the artificial islands it… Keep reading →

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China ‘Likely’ To Seek More Foreign Bases; Troubling Debt Cited By US-China Commission

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: If you want to grow uneasy about the world, read the US-China Commission’s annual report to Congress. China, while it continues to enjoy robust economic growth, faces a major strategic challenge. Strategically, the biggest threat facing China right now — and the rest of the world given how integrated China is to the global economy… Keep reading →

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‘We’ve Got To Continue To Engage’ China: CNO Richardson

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Despite rising tensions in the South China Sea, the US Navy’s top admiral says his Chinese counterparts “by and large” behave professionally, not provocatively, when the two nations meet at sea. And precisely because of those tensions, Adm. John Richardson said, it’s all the more important to emphasize cooperating with China, not confronting it.… Keep reading →

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‘Indian Machiavelli’ Urges Confronting China

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Forget Gandhi and satyagraha. India needs to be more strategically assertive and take China on, a longtime national security advisor to New Delhi said today. And if the US doesn’t like it, then “screw you.” But Washington should like a more aggressive India, said the American-educated Bharat Karnad, because it’s the only thing that can… Keep reading →

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The Price of Delay: US Navy To Challenge Chinese Claims

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED 9:45 am Tuesday with details of operation & Chinese response WASHINGTON: After five months of hints, declarations, mixed messages, and dithering, the US is reportedly set to challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea. But the months of signaling will cost us. What might have been a low-key “freedom of navigation operation” — sailing,… Keep reading →

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Mixed Messages? Navy Welcomes Chinese In Mayport, Deters In Pacific

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Are we giving Beijing mixed messages? On the one hand, the US Navy is getting ready — maybe — to challenge Chinese claims around their artificial islets in the South China Sea. On the other hand, the Navy’s also preparing to welcome three Chinese warships at Naval Station Mayport in Florida two weeks from… Keep reading →

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