Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Document: Congressional Report on China Naval Modernization and Implications for U.S. Naval Forces

Document: Congressional Report on China Naval Modernization and Implications for U.S. Naval Forces

People's Liberation Army Navy carrier Liaoning.

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

Planning for Joint U.S. and Russia Naval Exercise On Hold Pending Outcome in Crimea

Planning for Joint U.S. and Russia Naval Exercise On Hold Pending Outcome in Crimea

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USS Farragut (DDG-99) arrives in Severomorsk, Russia for a two-day visit after completing exercise Northern Eagle 2012. Russian Navy Photo

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

Navy Official: China Training for 'Short Sharp War' with Japan

Navy Official: China Training for ‘Short Sharp War’ with Japan

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Chinese marines assault a beach during the Mission Action 2013 exercise. Xinhua Photo

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

Russia to Standup New Arctic Command

Russia to Standup New Arctic Command

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Elements of Russia's North Fleet. RIA Novosti Photo

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

Opinion: Iran's Atlantic Adventure Little Threat to U.S.

Opinion: Iran’s Atlantic Adventure Little Threat to U.S.

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Iranian Frigate Sabalan (F-73)

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

WEST: U.S. Military Will Rely More on Coalitions

WEST: U.S. Military Will Rely More on Coalitions

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 Members from various participating nations of Exercise Cobra Gold 2014 stand in formation during the opening ceremony at Camp Akatosarot, Mueang district, Phitsanulok province, Kingdom of Thailand. US Marine Corps Photo

Members from various participating nations of Exercise Cobra Gold 2014 stand in formation during the opening ceremony at Camp Akatosarot, Mueang district, Phitsanulok province, Kingdom of Thailand. US Marine Corps Photo

Coalitions.

That was the theme of a West 2014 panel discussion with retired Gen. John R. Allen and retired Adm. James Stavridis on what the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan teaches us about the future Read More