Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Iraq and Afghanistan Dominate Senate Budget Hearing

Iraq and Afghanistan Dominate Senate Budget Hearing

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense about the Defense Department's FY15 budget request June 18, 2014. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense about the Defense Department’s FY15 budget request June 18, 2014. DoD Photo

With aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) and its battle group and amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) in position in the Persian Gulf, senators on Defense Appropriations Subcommittee asked very few questions about the budget but plenty on the rise of insurgents in Iraq, if will Afghanistan face the same fate in two years and what can the United States do about both on Wednesday. Read More

China Reacts to Japanese Anti-Ship Missile Positioning

China Reacts to Japanese Anti-Ship Missile Positioning

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Type 88 Surface-to-Ship Missile. JSDF Photo

Type 88 Surface-to-Ship Missile. JSDF Photo

China is set to take “firm and effective actions,” in response to a planned move of anti-ship missiles by Japanese Self Defense Force closer to the disputed Senkaku Islands, according to a Monday statement from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Read More

Document: Conduct for Unplanned Encounters at Sea

Document: Conduct for Unplanned Encounters at Sea

The stage from the 14th Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) in Qingdao, China

The stage from the 14th Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) in Qingdao, China

The following is the April, 2014 version of the multi-national Conduct for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) signed by 21 Pacific nations at the 14th Western Pacific Naval Symposium in Qingdao, China. CUES is a series of non-binding rules-of-the-road to prevent an escalation of tensions between different militaries at sea.
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Greenert: Don't 'Unnecessarily Antagonize' China

Greenert: Don’t ‘Unnecessarily Antagonize’ China

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Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Chief of Navy of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Adm. Wu Shengli greet each other in Qingdao, China on April 21, 2014. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Chief of Navy of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Adm. Wu Shengli greet each other in Qingdao, China on April 21, 2014. US Navy Photo

NEWPORT, R.I. — Open discussion of how U.S. forces could deter Chinese ships and aircraft could unnecessarily antagonize one of America’s largest trading partners, the Navy’s top admiral said during an address at the U.S. Naval War College on Tuesday. Read More

China and Japan Trade Barbs Over ‘Shameless’ Fighter Buzz

China and Japan Trade Barbs Over ‘Shameless’ Fighter Buzz

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A Japanese F-15J allegedly buzzing a Chinese Tu-154 on Wednesday.

A Japanese F-15J allegedly buzzing a Chinese Tu-154 on Wednesday.

China has asked Japan to stop “provocative actions and words,” following a Wednesday encounter over the East China Sea when a Japanese Self Defense Forces (JSDF) Mitsubishi F-15J allegedly buzzed a Chinese Tupolev Tu-154 (NATO reporting name: Careless) over the East China Sea. Read More

DoD Bolstering Cyber Warfare Capabilities in at Risk Nations

DoD Bolstering Cyber Warfare Capabilities in at Risk Nations

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German and American soldiers during a 2011 cyber warfare exercises. US Army Photo

German and American soldiers during a 2011 cyber warfare exercises. US Army Photo

Clarification: The article below has been clarified to include information on the Defense Department’s effort to bolster base cyber defense and cybersecurity measures within the networks of partner nations in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific region, based on additional comments by Maj. Gen. John Davis

The Pentagon’s cadre of cyberwarriors are working to bolster cyber security measures within civilian and military networks of individual countries, tagged by the Defense Department as being particularly susceptible to cyber attacks. Read More