Category Archives: Foreign Forces

U.S. Navy, Marine Corps Rated ‘Marginal’ in New Military Strength Report

U.S. Navy, Marine Corps Rated ‘Marginal’ in New Military Strength Report

Marines and sailors stand at parade rest while manning the rails of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) on Oct. 14, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

Marines and sailors stand at parade rest while manning the rails of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) on Oct. 14, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

Moscow is a “formidable” potential adversary while the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps as “marginal” in meeting today’s requirements, according to a new report from the Heritage Foundation released on Wednesday. Read More

Analysis: Trump, Duterte and the Future of Philippines

Analysis: Trump, Duterte and the Future of Philippines

President-elect Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

President-elect Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

With an upset win President-elect Donald Trump has an opportunity to positively reset deteriorating U.S.-Philippines relations. The news of his victory was received with much elation by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. While the two executives may appear to be birds of a feather—certainly in their personalities, tactical use of strong language and statements of extreme policy—there are key differences that bring clear limits to the honeymoon period. Read More

PACOM CO Harris: No Anticipated Changes to U.S.-Philippines Military Relationship

PACOM CO Harris: No Anticipated Changes to U.S.-Philippines Military Relationship

U.S. Pacific Command commander Adm. Harry Harris on Feb. 25, 2016 addressing reporters in the Pentagon. DoD News Image

U.S. Pacific Command commander Adm. Harry Harris on Feb. 25, 2016 addressing reporters in the Pentagon. DoD News Image

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The head of U.S. forces in the Pacific has not received any official word from Manila to change its defense relationship with the Philippines – despite months of statements to the contrary from firebrand President Rodrigo Duterte. Read More

U.S. Navy Destroyer, P-3 Responding To Earthquake In New Zealand

U.S. Navy Destroyer, P-3 Responding To Earthquake In New Zealand

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102), right, conducts a replenishment-at-sea with Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship Endeavour (A11). Sampson will report to U.S. Third Fleet, headquartered in San Diego, while deployed to the Western Pacific as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of Third Fleet into the region.The destroyer's stop at a New Zealand port would be the first for a U.S. warship in more than 30 years. US Navy photo.

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102), right, conducts a replenishment-at-sea with Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship Endeavour (A11) on Nov. 13, 2016. Sampson will report to U.S. Third Fleet, headquartered in San Diego, while deployed to the Western Pacific as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of Third Fleet into the region.The destroyer’s stop at a New Zealand port would be the first for a U.S. warship in more than 30 years. US Navy photo.

The U.S. Navy is responding to a 7.5 magnitude earthquake off the coast of New Zealand, diverting a destroyer from a historic visit to New Zealand and instead evacuating local civilians and tourists and delivering humanitarian aid supplies. Read More