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U.S. Increases Role in Aussie Pitch Black Air Combat Exercise

U.S. Increases Role in Aussie Pitch Black Air Combat Exercise

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U.S. Air Force F-16 participating in Austrlia's Pitch Black Air Combat exercise. Mike Yeo Photo Used with Permission

U.S. Air Force F-16 participating in Australia’s Pitch Black Air Combat exercise. Mike Yeo Photo Used with Permission

The U.S. has increased its role in an air combat exercise, featuring its largest contribution of airpower in more than a decade from the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps in a practical demonstration of Washington’s, “rebalance to the Pacific.” Read More

Experts Say China’s Path After South China Sea Ruling Unclear

Experts Say China’s Path After South China Sea Ruling Unclear

An aerial photo taken on Sept. 25, 2015 from a seaplane of Hainan Maritime Safety Administration shows cruise vessel Haixun 1103 heading to the Yacheng 13-1 drilling rig during a patrol in South China Sea. Xinhua Photo

An aerial photo taken on Sept. 25, 2015 from a seaplane of Hainan Maritime Safety Administration shows cruise vessel Haixun 1103 heading to the Yacheng 13-1 drilling rig during a patrol in South China Sea. Xinhua Photo

China has made clear that it refuses to accept an international arbitration panel’s ruling against its territorial claims in the South China Sea, but whether that stance leads to increased military tensions between Beijing and the United States or opens the door for broader negotiations is an open question. Read More

Analysts: Beijing Has Long Used Military Force to Exert Dominance Over South China Sea

Analysts: Beijing Has Long Used Military Force to Exert Dominance Over South China Sea

A naval soldier of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) views through a pair of binoculars onboard China's first aircraft carrier Liaoning as it visits a military harbour on the South China Sea. Xinhua Photo

A naval soldier of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) views through a pair of binoculars onboard China’s first aircraft carrier Liaoning as it visits a military harbour on the South China Sea. Xinhua Photo

Long before Tuesday’s ruling by an international arbitration panel against it, China has been moving toward turning an international waterway such as the South China Sea “into a Caribbean” where Beijing exerts its peacetime dominance, a leading Japanese defense expert said. Read More

Opinion: Don’t Miss the Boat on Australian and U.S. Policy in the South China Sea

Opinion: Don’t Miss the Boat on Australian and U.S. Policy in the South China Sea

U.S. sailors man the rails aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) sails the Sydney Opera House while pulling into Sydney, Australia in 2005. US Navy Photo

U.S. sailors man the rails aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) sails the Sydney Opera House while pulling into Sydney, Australia in 2005. US Navy Photo

Australia’s 2016 Defense White Paper expresses concern over “friction” in the South China Sea (SCS) arising from U.S.-Chinese naval interactions, and it worries that territorial disputes have created “uncertainty and tension.” Those statements, which show Canberra (like the rest of the states in the Indo-Pacific region) is slowly coming around to the gathering threat posed by China to freedom of the seas. Read More

Australia Taking Long View in Defense Spending in Emerging Sub, Frigate Programs

Australia Taking Long View in Defense Spending in Emerging Sub, Frigate Programs

Collins-class attack boats HMAS Dechaineux leads HMAS Waller and HMAS Sheean in formation in Cockburn Sound, near Rockingham Western Australia in 2013. RAN Photo

Collins-class attack boats HMAS Dechaineux leads HMAS Waller and HMAS Sheean in formation in Cockburn Sound, near Rockingham Western Australia in 2013. RAN Photo

New submarines, frigates and offshore patrol vessels will be at the top of Australia’s list to modernize its military capabilities, its former defense minister told the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday. Read More