One of the first questions facing the new Congress and the administration when they look at security issues in Asia this year is deciding whether to invest in new capabilities, to counter new threats including cyber or continue to invest in platforms — like aircraft carriers — to demonstrate the United States continued commitment to the region, a senior policy analyst said Monday. Read More
After waiting on the U.S. to make good on plans to develop a diesel electric attack submarine (SSK) for almost 15 years, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence announced it was kicking off its own domestic attack submarine construction program this week, the agency told Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan. Read More
The crew from USS Sampson (DDG-102) has recovered several bodies from the Air Asia Flight QZ8501 and delivered them to Indonesia, according to a Friday report in the Associated Press. Read More
The following is the Congressional Research Service report, A Shift in the International Security Environment: Potential Implications for Defense—Issues for Congress released on Dec. 31, 2014. Read More
The following is the Dec. 11, 2014 Congressional Research Service report, Iran: U.S. Economic Sanctions and the Authority to Lift Restrictions. Read More
USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts, and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2014. Read More
The headline of this post was updated to reflect USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) is being prepared to travel to the search area for the missing Air Asia flight. As of this update, the ship is still docked in Singapore.
Responding to a request from the Indonesian government, the U.S. sent guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG-102) to help in search for the missing Air Asia Flight QZ8501 and has prepped a black box detector for the effort, Navy officials told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More