Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Marines Moving Out on Modernization Priorities Focused on Russian, Chinese Threat

Marines Moving Out on Modernization Priorities Focused on Russian, Chinese Threat

Lance Cpl. Skyler Stevens, an infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, uses new night optics technology during Advanced Naval Technology Exercise 2018 (ANTX-18) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, March 19, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

CAPITOL HILL — With the help of the higher defense funding promised for this year and the next, the Marine Corps is moving out to modernize its combat capabilities to match the rising strategic threats from China and Russia, the service’s top combat development officer said. Read More

Panel Calls for Tougher Response to Russian Cyber Tampering

Panel Calls for Tougher Response to Russian Cyber Tampering

Undated photo of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Kremlin Photo

The United States, its allies and partners need to make clear to President Vladimir Putin and those who support them there is a price to pay for tampering in other nations’ political and social affairs and their harboring cyber criminals inside Russia’s borders, three of the nation’s leading cyber security experts said on Friday. Read More

China’s Interest in Africa Raises Concerns of Senate Panel

China’s Interest in Africa Raises Concerns of Senate Panel

Chinese sailors watch a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) pull into Djibouti. Xinhua Photo

Africa was the topic for the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, but what China was up to from one end of the continent to the other was its members’ recurring concern during Tuesday’s hearing. Read More

EUCOM Commander: Moscow Targeting Balkans with Misinformation Campaigns

EUCOM Commander: Moscow Targeting Balkans with Misinformation Campaigns

Commander of U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti hosts a command “Town Hall” at Patch Barracks, Germany, February 07, 2018. US Army Photo

The Balkans are “an area we could have problems with in the future” as the Kremlin increases the tempo of its disinformation campaigns in Serbia and nations with large Serb populations, like Kosovo and Bosnia, the nation’s top commander in Europe warned Thursday. Read More

Navy Working New Fleet Size Study Following Latest Strategic Reviews

Navy Working New Fleet Size Study Following Latest Strategic Reviews

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Justin Dallarosa uses binoculars on the fantail to observe as USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) approaches the pier during its return to Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk on March 1, 2018. US Navy Photo

CAPITOL HILL — Following the release of new national security and defense strategies, the Navy is undertaking a new Fleet Structure Assessment that could alter its stated goal of a 355-ship fleet, senior service officials told Congress this week. Read More

Vinson Strike Group Makes Historic Port Call in Vietnam Amid Growing Navy Ties, South China Sea Tensions

Vinson Strike Group Makes Historic Port Call in Vietnam Amid Growing Navy Ties, South China Sea Tensions

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrives in Da Nang, Vietnam, for a scheduled port visit on March 5, 2018. US Navy photo.

Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70)’s historic port visit in Da Nang, Vietnam, this week is meant to continue building trust and goodwill that could deepen the navy-to-navy relationship between the two former enemies. Read More

SOUTHCOM Tidd: China Making Aggressive Investments in South, Central America

SOUTHCOM Tidd: China Making Aggressive Investments in South, Central America

U.S. Southern Command Commander, U.S. Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd speaks on Dec. 17, 2017. US Army Photo

Chinese businesses are exploring land development deals near the Panama Canal and offering their skills in building the region’s information technology infrastructure. These are prime examples of Beijing’s stepped-up economic involvement in the Western Hemisphere, the senior American military official for Central and South America told reporters Monday. Read More