Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Panel: South Korean Officials Concerned with 'Ad Hoc' U.S. Policy

Panel: South Korean Officials Concerned with ‘Ad Hoc’ U.S. Policy

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) arrives at Commander, Republic of Korea Fleet base in Busan, the new home on March 12, 2016. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON — South Koreans increasingly wonder whether the White House’s transactional approach to foreign relations means the United States will honor its commitment to come to their aid in a crisis, a panel of security experts said this week. Read More

CNO Gilday Signs Trilateral Cooperation Agreement with U.K., Japan Navy Heads

CNO Gilday Signs Trilateral Cooperation Agreement with U.K., Japan Navy Heads

Chief of Maritime Staff Adm. Hiroshi Yamamura, left, First Sea Lord Adm. Tony Radakin, and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday sign a Trilateral Head of Navy Joint Statement aboard the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), near Annapolis, Md., on Nov. 20, 2019. The trilateral cooperation agreement reaffirms the three countries’ commitment to increased collaboration and cooperation. US Navy photo.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday and his British and Japanese counterparts today signed a trilateral cooperation agreement reaffirming their commitment to working together on global security concerns. Read More

China's Coast Guard Enforcing Its Blue Water Territorial Expansion

China’s Coast Guard Enforcing Its Blue Water Territorial Expansion

Chinese Coast Guard vessel

CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, this post has been updated to change the attribution of opinions in several paragraphs from RAND’s Jeffrey Hornung to CSIS’ Greg Poling.

The rapid expansion of China’s Coast Guard gives Beijing the means to shift its sea expansion aims from aspirational to operational, a panel of security experts concurred during a Monday event detailing China’s maritime ambitions. Read More

Official: Australia Committed to U.S. Partnership as Relationship with Beijing Grows More Complex

Official: Australia Committed to U.S. Partnership as Relationship with Beijing Grows More Complex

USS Wasp (LHD-1) at the Port of Brisbane, Army Maj. Gen. Roger Noble, deputy chief of Joint Operations (left) and Rear Adm. Fred Kacher, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7 (right) begin the closing ceremony for Exercise Talisman Sabre on July 27, 2019. US Army Photo

No country, including the United States, is capable of going it alone, trying to meet the economic and military challenges of the Indo-Pacific region, said Australia’s defense minister. Read More

Estonia's Prime Minister Committed to NATO Membership

Estonia’s Prime Minister Committed to NATO Membership

US Marines with Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team-Europe stand in formation beside Estonian soldiers during a rehearsal for the Estonian National Day parade outside the Estonia Academy of Security Sciences in Tallinn, Estonia on Feb. 23, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

In explaining his tiny Baltic nation’s commitment to NATO membership by sending soldiers to Afghanistan and deploying ground forces to Iraq, the prime minister of Estonia told an audience earlier this week, “we try to punch above our weight.” Read More

Heritage Index Rates Navy, Marines ‘Marginal’ In Ability to Counter Current Threats

Heritage Index Rates Navy, Marines ‘Marginal’ In Ability to Counter Current Threats

U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 8, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, carry simulated casualties to a MV-22 Osprey during motorized operations course as part Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) 1-20 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Oct. 6, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

The Navy and the Marine Corps have been assessed as “marginal” in their ability to meet the challenges from rival powers in Beijing and Moscow, as well as regional threats coming from Tehran and Pyongyang, according to annual report on U.S. military strength from The Heritage Foundation. Read More