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Tough Military Recruiting Environment is About More than Low Unemployment, Experts Say

Tough Military Recruiting Environment is About More than Low Unemployment, Experts Say

Recruits with the 64th Annual Recruit Cardinal Division stand at attention during a pass-in-review graduation ceremony inside Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall at Recruit Training Command, Nov. 4, 2022. US Navy Photo

This story has been updated to correct the name of Shannon Razsadin’s organization.

When it comes to military recruiting, economist Beth Asch is an optimist. Asch has been studying military recruiting for almost 40 years, during which she has seen good recruiting years and bad ones. Read More

Heightened Western Pacific Tensions Will Push Japan to Spend More on Defense, Says Panel

Heightened Western Pacific Tensions Will Push Japan to Spend More on Defense, Says Panel

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 needs to commit to increasing its defense spending for the long-term due to its proximity to an aggressive Russia, an ambitious China and an unpredictable North Korea armed with nuclear missiles, a senior observer of Tokyo’s security policy said this week. Read More

House, Senate Agree to Authorize 3 Flight III Destroyers in FY 23 NDAA Negotiations

House, Senate Agree to Authorize 3 Flight III Destroyers in FY 23 NDAA Negotiations

Arleigh Burke destroyers Jack H. Lucas (DDG-125), Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG-123) and the Legend-class cutter Calhoun (WMSL-759) at Ingalls Shipbuilding on Aug. 4, 2022. USNI News Photo

Congress is set to authorize the Navy to buy three Flight III Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers in Fiscal Year 2023 as part of a nearly finalized House and Senate $847 billion defense policy bill, USNI News has learned. Read More

U.S. Needs to Push Allies to Prepare for a Potential Conflict with China, Panel Says

U.S. Needs to Push Allies to Prepare for a Potential Conflict with China, Panel Says

Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy Sailors wave ROK and U.S. flags during a port visit of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) in Busan, Republic of Korea, Sept. 23, 2022. US Navy Photo

Over the next few years, the United States will likely press allies like South Korea harder to be ready for a conflict with China that may arise over Taiwan’s future, a leading scholar on global affairs at Johns Hopkins University said Tuesday. Read More