Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Inside Japan’s New Defense Plan

Inside Japan’s New Defense Plan

 JDS Myoko (DDG 175) pulls out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to support Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. US Navy Photo

JDS Myoko (DDG 175) pulls out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to support Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. US Navy Photo

This week Japan approved its latest five-year defense plan. The Mid Term Defense Plan (MTDP) defines Japan’s defense policy and capabilities for 2014 to 2018. The MTDP is meant to give policymakers, politicians, and the public an understanding of Japan’s defense priorities and the direction national defense is taking. Read More

U.K. MoD Releases First Images of Royal Navy’s New Boomers

U.K. MoD Releases First Images of Royal Navy’s New Boomers

An artist's conception of the U.K.'s Successor-class future planned ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) released Tuesday. UK Ministry of Defense Photo

An artist’s conception of the U.K.’s Successor-class future planned ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) released Tuesday. UK Ministry of Defense Photo

The U.K. Ministry of Defense has published the first images of it’s next-generation nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) — Successor-class as well as announced 79 million pounds ($129 million) in new contract awards. Read More

Document: Japan's 2014 National Defense Program Guidelines

Document: Japan’s 2014 National Defense Program Guidelines

Sailors aboard Japanese destroyer JS KONGO (DDG-173) watch pierside line handlers as the ship moors pierside Naval Station Pearl Harbor on Oct. 15, 2007. US Navy Photo

Sailors aboard Japanese destroyer JS KONGO (DDG-173) watch pierside line handlers as the ship moors pierside Naval Station Pearl Harbor on Oct. 15, 2007. US Navy Photo

From the Dec. 17, 2013 provisional translation of the Japanese National Defense Program guidelines:

While the probability of large-scale military conflicts between major countries presumably remains low, various security challenges and destabilizing factors are becoming more tangible and acute. As a result, the security environment surrounding Japan is becoming increasingly tense since the 2010 Guidelines. Read More

Panel: China Will Likely Continue Aggressive Naval Expansion

Panel: China Will Likely Continue Aggressive Naval Expansion

china_SongsChina’s economy may have significant problems ahead that would put the brakes on military spending for ships, missiles and aircraft in the next decade, therefore its leaders may see the next few years as the best time to improve its positions in the near seas, military and China experts told a key congressional defense committee on Wednesday. Read More

Finding I-400: How It Happened and Why That Matters

Finding I-400: How It Happened and Why That Matters

An image of the I-400 submarine. Hawai'i Undersea Research Laboratory Photo

An image of the I-400 submarine. Hawai’i Undersea Research Laboratory Photo

Last week the media around the world carried stories about the rediscovery of the Japanese super-submarine I-400. One of the more unique submarines of the past century—part aircraft carrier, part submarine—she inspired books, television documentaries, and a years-long quest to find exactly where it had come to rest in a postwar weapons test designed to keep it from Soviet eyes. Read More

Japan Seeks to Expand Military Power in Response to Chinese Expansion

Japan Seeks to Expand Military Power in Response to Chinese Expansion

U.S. Marine instructor with Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific, drives a group of Japanese soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Western Army Infantry Regiment around San Diego Bay in a rigid-hull inflatable boat. DoD Photo

U.S. Marine instructor with Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific, drives a group of Japanese soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Western Army Infantry Regiment around San Diego Bay in a rigid-hull inflatable boat. DoD Photo

A new draft of Japan’s national security strategy calls for an expansion of the country’s military power in reaction to China’s military rise and growing territorial claims. Read More

Indian Mine Sweeper Suffers Fire

Indian Mine Sweeper Suffers Fire

Pondicherry-class minesweeper INS Kozhikode (M71). A ship in the same class, INS Konkan, suffered a fire on Wednesday. Indian Navy photo

Pondicherry-class minesweeper INS Kozhikode (M71). A ship in the same class, INS Konkan, suffered a fire on Wednesday. Indian Navy photo

The Indian mine sweeper caught fire while undergoing an overhaul in a shipyard in the city of Visakhapatnam, according to several press reports. Read More