Category Archives: China

Foggo: Russia Seeking More Control of Black Sea, Mediterranean, Arctic

Foggo: Russia Seeking More Control of Black Sea, Mediterranean, Arctic

U.S. Navy Adm. James G. Foggo III, left, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and commander of Joint Allied Force Command Naples, Italy, U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, right, commander of U.S. 6th Fleet and commander of Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO), and Royal Navy Rear Adm. Guy Robinson, deputy commander of STRIKFORNATO, at a distinguished visitor event led by STRIKFORNATO in Lisbon, Portugal, marking the final event of Formidable Shield 2019, May 29, 2019. US Navy photo.

A retiring admiral who has spent a lifetime supporting NATO is warning that the U.S. Navy and the alliance need to do more to push back against Russia, or else waters in the Euro-Atlantic region may be lost to Russian anti-access tactics and weapons. Read More

NATO Crafting All-Domain, Euro-Atlantic Strategy As Threats to Alliance Shift

NATO Crafting All-Domain, Euro-Atlantic Strategy As Threats to Alliance Shift

A U.S. Marine with Marine Rotational Force – Europe 20.2, Marine Forces Europe and Africa, shouts orders to surrounding squad members during a squad fire and movement range at the Haltdalen Training Facility, Norway on June 20, 2020. US Navy Photo

NATO is drafting a comprehensive, all-domain strategy that will reset the focus of the alliance on high-end conflict with peer adversaries, a senior official said last week. Read More

State Dept. Official: U.S. Will Oppose Chinese ‘Gangster Tactics’ in South China Sea; U.S. Warship Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation

State Dept. Official: U.S. Will Oppose Chinese ‘Gangster Tactics’ in South China Sea; U.S. Warship Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation

Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Paul Vance, from Lilburn, Ga., assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114), scans the horizon using a telescopic alidade, July 14, 2020 near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. US Navy Photo

The U.S. will no longer remain on the sidelines when China uses “gangster tactics” to get its way in territorial disputes in the South China Sea, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday. Read More

State Department Approves $23B Japanese F-35 Fighter Deal

State Department Approves $23B Japanese F-35 Fighter Deal

An F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), takes off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) during an air defense exercise March 23, 2020. US Marine Corps

KUALA LUMPUR — The State Department signed off on a Japanese buy of 105 F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters and associated equipment, according to a Thursday notification to Congress. Read More

Officials: U.S. Must Move Faster in Testing and Fielding Hypersonics, 5G Networks

Officials: U.S. Must Move Faster in Testing and Fielding Hypersonics, 5G Networks

A common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) launches from Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, at approximately 10:30 p.m. local time on March 19, 2020. US Navy Photo

The best way to counter China’s and Russia’s high-tech advances is to change the Pentagon’s and Congress’ risk-aversion culture and embrace quicker – but still robust – testing and fielding of programs, a senior defense official said Tuesday. Read More

House, Senate Defense Bills Differ In Approach to Indo-Pacific Security, But Stress Region's Importance

House, Senate Defense Bills Differ In Approach to Indo-Pacific Security, But Stress Region’s Importance

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) training ships JS Kashima (TV 3508), left, and JS Shimayuki (TV 3513), right, sail alongside the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) during an exercise, June 23, 2020. Gabrielle Giffords, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force. US Navy photo.

The House and the Senate agree they need to prioritize the Indo-Pacific region in their annual defense policy and spending bills. They don’t quite agree on how far to go in doing that, but an overriding sense that they need to start somewhere this year will likely get them to the creation of a Indo-Pacific fund to counter China, akin to the European Deterrence Initiative created in 2014 to push back against Russia. Read More