USNI News polled its writers, naval analysts and service members on what they consider the most important military and maritime stories in 2017.
The following is part of a series. Please also see Top Stories 2017: Navy Acquisition, International Acquisition, Navy Operations, Marine Corps Operations, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Acquisition and New Administration.
Unlike other parts of the world, the U.S. and Russia work well together in the Bering Sea and the Arctic. The pair is enforcing fishing regulations and other laws, conducting search and rescue operations. Moscow and Washington are sending the International Maritime Organization a joint recommendation for safe shipping routes through northern waters, the head of the U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska said on Wednesday. Read More
U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon (top)
Sukhoi Su-30 (bottom)
Moscow officials say a U.S. military aircraft intercepted by a Russian fighter over the Black Sea, in a manner the Pentagon said was unsafe, was headed for Russian airspace. Read More
Estonian army scouts from 1st Battalion practicing their defensive maneuvers during Exercise SIIL/Steadfast Javelin in 2015. NATO Photo
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are three important U.S. allies who present a tempting target to the Kremlin to distract from Russia’s ongoing involvement in Ukraine, a panel of experts said Tuesday. Read More
Russian submarine Severodvinsk
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. military is losing its technological edge, in part because Russian cyber forces have penetrated the defense industry and are stealing information, former Secretary of the Navy John Lehman said on Wednesday. Read More
The following is the Oct. 26, 2017 Congressional Research Service report, A Shift in the International Security Environment: Potential Implications for Defense. Read More
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Aug. 6, 2017) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Chargers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 delivers retrograde from the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) to the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196) during a vertical replenishment on Aug. 6, 2017. US Navy Photo
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Calling the work help desk for password resets can be frustrating under normal situations, but try it while being tailed by a Russian surveillance ship, avoiding the Iranian Navy and steering clear of small craft potentially carrying explosives. Read More
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in an undated photo.
Russia could play a “wild card” role in solving the ongoing North Korean crisis as the West and China debate additional sanctions to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions, an expert in the region said Tuesday. Read More
Mikoyan Skat. Image via wikipedia
Russia’s experience in Syrian with unmanned systems has proved invaluable to the Kremlin in learning their value as force multipliers. The experience has led Moscow to prioritize expanding their offensive and defensive unmanned capabilities in future conflicts, a leading security analyst said last week. Read More
A Russian guided-missile frigate fired three cruise missiles on targets on ISIS positions Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, according to a Tuesday release from the Russian Ministry of Defense. Read More