Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Great Wall of Naval Targets Discovered in Chinese Desert

Great Wall of Naval Targets Discovered in Chinese Desert

H I Sutton Illustration for USNI News Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies Used with Permission

China has been honing its ship-killing skills for potential future conflicts on new targets in a remote desert, according to new satellite photos reviewed by USNI News. New analysis shows the People’s Liberation Army is testing the ability to hit ships in port with long-range ballistic missiles. Read More

Chinese Carrier Strike Group Continues Drills Near Japan

Chinese Carrier Strike Group Continues Drills Near Japan

A People’s Liberation Army Navy J-15 carrier fighter takes off from Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning (16) on May 7, 2022. Japanese MoD Photo

China’s aircraft carrier CNS Liaoning (16) has been launching fighters near Japan since last week all the while being shadowed by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer helicopter carrier JS Izumo (DDH-183), according to Japanese forces. Read More

Littoral Combat Ship USS Sioux City Headed to Middle East After European Tour

Littoral Combat Ship USS Sioux City Headed to Middle East After European Tour

USS Sioux City (LCS 11) transits the Atlantic Ocean, May 3. Sioux City is operating in the Atlantic Ocean in support of naval operations to maintain maritime stability and security in order to ensure access, deter aggression and defend U.S., allied and partner interests. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Trey Fowler)

After a two year delay, the first Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship is operating in the Eastern Atlantic and on its way to the Middle East, USNI News has learned. Read More

Joint Chiefs Vice Chair, STRATCOM CO Still In Favor of Navy Nuclear Cruise Missile

Joint Chiefs Vice Chair, STRATCOM CO Still In Favor of Navy Nuclear Cruise Missile

Navy Adm. Charles Richard, commander, U.S. Strategic Command provides testimony at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in review of the fiscal 2023 budget on March 8, 2022. DoD Photo

The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Strategic Command’s top officer told a Senate panel Wednesday they favored continued development of the Navy’s low-yield Sea-Launched Cruise Missile-Nuclear capability, despite last year’s guidance the program be abandoned and being zeroed out in next year’s budget. Read More

Japanese Lawmakers Argue for Counterstrike Capability for Self Defense Force

Japanese Lawmakers Argue for Counterstrike Capability for Self Defense Force

A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Soldier assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade proceeds to a meeting point after completing a static line jump from a U. S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron at JGSDF Narashino Training Area, Japan, April 19, 2022. US Air Force Photo

Japan must develop counterstrike capabilities in coordination with the United States to deter the “more serious imminent threat” from North Korea and the newly accelerated threats from China and Russia in the Northern Pacific, two Japanese lawmakers said Tuesday. Read More

'More Ugliness' Coming For Ukraine, Says Former Top NATO Commander

‘More Ugliness’ Coming For Ukraine, Says Former Top NATO Commander

A street in Mariupol Ukraine from the Facebook page of the 36th Marine Brigade on April 7, 2022.

A “whole lot more ugliness” for the Ukrainian people and countryside is likely to unfold over the coming weeks as Moscow concentrates forces and long-range artillery in the Donbas and near the Sea of Azov and Black Sea, a former top commander for NATO said Monday. Read More

Czech Foreign Minister Calls for West to Send 'Weapons, Weapons, Weapons' to Ukraine

Czech Foreign Minister Calls for West to Send ‘Weapons, Weapons, Weapons’ to Ukraine

A Joint Honor Guard member holds the Ukrainian flag during an honor cordon ceremony, as Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III welcomes Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal to the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., April 21, 2022. DoD Photo

The Czech foreign minister’s three words of advice to the Biden administration are to send “weapons, weapons, weapons” to Ukraine from American and western arsenals so Kyiv is not relying on leftover Soviet Union stockpiles.

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Japan’s Ruling Party Calls for ‘Counter Attack’ Capability, Increased Defense Budget

Japan’s Ruling Party Calls for ‘Counter Attack’ Capability, Increased Defense Budget

Soldiers from the 1st Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) conduct individual and small-unit maneuver exercises during Iron Fist at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, February 6, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) presented its national security strategy proposals Wednesday to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, calling to increase in Japan’s defense budget to 2 percent or more of GDP along with the development of “counterattack” capabilities able to strike at not only at missile launch sites but also the command and control capabilities of the opposing nation which would serve as both a pre-emptive measure and deterrence capability for Japan. Read More