From the Congressional Research Service March, 5 2014 report, Russian Political, Economic, and Security Issues and U.S. Interests.
Russia made uneven progress in democratization during the 1990s, but this limited progress was reversed after Vladimir Putin rose to power in 1999-2000, according to many observers. Read More
The following is the recently released report to Congress from the Pentagon: Military and Security Developments Involving the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 2013.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) remains one of the United States’ most critical security challenges for many reasons. These include North Korea’s willingness to undertake provocative and destabilizing behavior, including attacks on the Republic of Korea (ROK), its pursuit of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, and its willingness to proliferate weapons in contravention of United Nations Security Council Resolutions. Read More
People’s Liberation Army Navy carrier Liaoning.
The following is a from Feb. 28, 2014 report from the Congressional Research Service, China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities.
China is building a modern and regionally powerful Navy with a modest but growing capability for conducting operations beyond China’s near-seas region. The question of how the United States should respond to China’s military modernization effort, including its naval modernization effort, has emerged as a key issue in U.S. defense planning. The question is of particular importance to the U.S. Navy, because many U.S. military programs for countering improved Chinese military forces would fall within the Navy’s budget. Read More
USS Farragut (DDG-99) arrives in Severomorsk, Russia for a two-day visit after completing exercise Northern Eagle 2012. Russian Navy Photo
Planning for the biennial Northern Eagle exercise between Russia, the U.S. and Norway has been “put on hold,” while the U.S. says troops have massed on the ground in the Crimea region of Ukraine, a military official told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More
Adm. William McRaven. DoD Photo
The high-end threats from al Qaeda have diminished over the last five years and “the threat to the homeland is less with one or two exceptions than five to ten years ago,” Adm. William McRaven told the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Read More
Chief of Naval Staff Adm. DK Joshi. Indian Navy Photo
Admiral DK Joshi has resigned as the head of the Indian Navy claiming “moral responsibility” for a string of accident in the service — most recently on Wednesday. Read More
USS Taylor (FFG-50) departs Naval Station Mayport in 2014. US Navy Photo
USS Taylor (FFG-50) — assigned to U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet in support of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia — has run aground, 6th Fleet officials announced on Tuesday. Read More
Chinese marines assault a beach during the Mission Action 2013 exercise. Xinhua Photo
China has long trained for an amphibious invasion of Taiwan during military exercises but has expanded its training to include a similar attack on Japanese holdings in the East China Sea, according the chief of intelligence of the U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLEET). Read More
Elements of Russia’s Northern Fleet. RIA Novosti Photo
Russia is forming a new Northern Fleet-Unified Strategic Command dedicated to protecting its interests in the Arctic Circle before the end of 2014, RIA Novosti reported on Monday. Read More
Iranian Frigate Sabalan (F-73)
The Iranian “fleet” reportedly heading for America’s “maritime borders” consists of two ships, the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) frigate Sabalan and the supply ship Kharg. An examination of some of the media hype and a few of the facts will reveal that this voyage is low in threat and rich in symbolism. Read More