Like many of its regional peers, the Philippines is in the midst of a defense buildup, motivated in no small part by China’s assertive moves in the western Philippine Sea and the resource-rich Spratly islands. Read More
In the defense budget to be unveiled Monday, a senior analyst said he didn’t expect Congress to slash manpower in the Marine Corps or the Army this year or training dollars. Read More
Navies like their ships to be as similar as possible – for good reason.
It’s easier to train sailors on similar ships and systems, it’s cheaper to build many ships of the same design in bulk and they’re cheaper to operate and maintain.
Late last year, when the U.S. Navy decided to base its next generation amphibious warship design, the LX(R), on an existing hull it cited cost savings in design, maintenance and manpower as justification.
But occasionally, the mission demands something special, something unique. Read More
Chinese officials called on foreign countries to neither “create dissension” nor “create tension” in the South China Sea region, according to Friday remarks from a foreign ministry spokeswoman. Read More
The following is the Jan. 21, 2015 Congressional Research Service report, A Shift in the International Security Environment: Potential Implications for Defense—Issues for Congress. Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Pentagon’s number two civilian said the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget submission will reverse a five year trend in reduced U.S. defense spending and gave hints to key investments in military technology the Defense Department will include in the submission. Read More
This post has been updated to include a quote from the Singapore’s minister for foreign affairs and law, K. Shanmugam.
The commander of U.S. 7th Fleet said Japan should start patrolling the South China Sea and said China’s claims in the region are resulting in, “unnecessary friction” with neighbors. Read More
The following is the Jan. 21, 2015 Congressional Research Service report, Yemen: Background and U.S. Relations. Read More
The Pentagon’s top acquisition official told Congress the U.S. defense complex is good at incremental evolutions in technology but has slipped in bringing about revolutionary systems to the battlefield. Read More
The U.S. Marine Corps has taken delivery of its first carrier variant of the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), according to a release from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Read More