Category Archives: China

SECDEF Austin Headed to Southeast Asia as Tensions Flare in South China Sea

SECDEF Austin Headed to Southeast Asia as Tensions Flare in South China Sea

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley speak during a press conference held in the Pentagon Press Briefing Room, Washington, D.C., July 21, 2021. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will travel to Southeast Asia later this week, as China increased protests of U.S. military operations in the Western Pacific and enflamed territorial disputes with nations bordering the South China Sea.
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Philippines Considering Addendum to U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement

Philippines Considering Addendum to U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement

USS Wasp (LHD-1) makes a port visit to Subic Bay, the Philippines in support of Exercise Balikatan 2019 on April 1, 2019. US Navy Photo

MANILA — The U.S. and the Philippines are set to reinforce a contentious agreement allowing U.S. troops to operate from the island nation as tensions with China remain high, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said during a pre-State of the Nation Address forum on Wednesday. Read More

Milley: NATO in Forefront of Change of 'How We Fight'

Milley: NATO in Forefront of Change of ‘How We Fight’

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers remarks at the Joint Force Command Norfolk Full Operational Capability ceremony. Joint Force Command Norfolk declared Full Operational Capability during a ceremony on board USS Kearsarge on July 15, 2021. US Navy Photo

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said this week that the United States and NATO are “right in the middle” of a technological revolution – from ubiquitous surveillance to fielding long-range precision munitions – that will fundamentally change “how we fight.” Read More