Category Archives: China

Opinion: The Danger of Connecting Iran Nuclear Deal with Attacks on U.S. Warships

Opinion: The Danger of Connecting Iran Nuclear Deal with Attacks on U.S. Warships

USS Mason (DDG-87) fires an SM-2 during a March 2016 exercise. US Navy Image

USS Mason (DDG-87) fires an SM-2 during a March 2016 exercise. US Navy Image

This is the first of two opinion pieces examining the Iran nuclear deal and the recent attacks in Yemen.

The recent spate of Yemeni Houthi rebel anti-ship missile attacks in the strategically important littorals near the Bab el-Mandeb strait, have drawn America’s attention to Yemen’s bitter civil war. Read More

Analysis: Chinese South China Sea Operations Ambiguous After Ruling

Analysis: Chinese South China Sea Operations Ambiguous After Ruling

China’s compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) tribunal’s ruling regarding rights, activities and entitlements in the South China Sea is much less certain than one might expect, we concluded in a previous post at Lawfare. By our analysis, there are no reports that China has taken actions in clear violation of nine of fifteen rulings handed down by the tribunal. Therefore, while China is not in “compliance” with the arbitral award, neither is it in complete “non-compliance.” Read More

Updated: USS Nitze Destroys 3 Houthi Controlled Radar Sites in Retaliatory Strike

Updated: USS Nitze Destroys 3 Houthi Controlled Radar Sites in Retaliatory Strike

A Tomahawk Land Attack Missile Launched from USS Nitze late Wednesday night. US Navy Image

A Tomahawk Land Attack Missile Launched from USS Nitze late Wednesday night. US Navy Image

This post has been updated with additional comments from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

A Navy guided missile destroyer launched an attack against three radar sites in Yemen with Tomahawk cruise missiles in response to recent attacks on U.S. ships in the region, the Pentagon announced late Wednesday. Read More

Pentagon Pledges to Respond in ‘Appropriate Manner’ After New Yemen Missile Attack on USS Mason

Pentagon Pledges to Respond in ‘Appropriate Manner’ After New Yemen Missile Attack on USS Mason

Guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87) on Sept. 10, 2016. US Navy Photo

Guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87) on Sept. 10, 2016. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with an additional statement from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

Houthi rebels fired two more cruise missiles at the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG-87) on Wednesday and Pentagon officials are pledging a response, DoD spokesman Peter Cook said in a Wednesday statement. Read More

CNO Richardson: Navy Shelving A2/AD Acronym

CNO Richardson: Navy Shelving A2/AD Acronym

160929-N-OT964-120 NORFOLK (Sept. 29, 2016) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson speaking at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Sept. 29, 2016. US Navy Photo

160929-N-OT964-120 NORFOLK (Sept. 29, 2016) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson speaking at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Sept. 29, 2016. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Pentagon terms-of-the-moment go, Anti-Access-Area Denial has been on the forefront of strategic conversation across the services and military academia for more than 15 years. Now, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said his service will stop using the term for the sake of clarity. Read More

Geographer: China’s Claim to South China Sea Not Rooted in History

Geographer: China’s Claim to South China Sea Not Rooted in History

A map of China's shifting definition of the so-called Nine-Dash Line. US State Dept. Image

A map of China’s shifting definition of the so-called Nine-Dash Line. US State Dept. Image

A British geographer and journalist described China’s claims to large swaths of seas and land formations off its coast are based on 20th-century events — from the Boxer Rebellion to the defeat of Japan in World War II — and not deeply rooted in its history. Read More

China Experimenting With Catapult Launched Carrier Aircraft

China Experimenting With Catapult Launched Carrier Aircraft

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Shenyeng J-15 Flying Shark on the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning. PLAN Photo

Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark on the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning. PLAN Photo

China has stepped up development of Catapult-Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) operations for its carriers, with the appearance of a Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark carrier-borne fighter with CATOBAR apparatus and continued construction of supporting land-based infrastructure. Read More

Survey: What’s the Next Most Promising Naval Technology?

Survey: What’s the Next Most Promising Naval Technology?

Several emerging technologies are poised to change the way navies operate in the future. Unmanned underwater vehicles hold the promise to help find adversarial submarines, additive manufacturing could replace hard to find parts for ships and aircraft stationed in remote locations and lasers and electromagnetic railguns could increase the volume of fires from U.S. ships while reducing the cost of missiles. Read More