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Pentagon Official: China Must See Taiwan Invasion As Costly

Pentagon Official: China Must See Taiwan Invasion As Costly

President Tsai Ing-wen reviews a Marine Corps battalion in Kaohsiung in July 2020. Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China

When it comes to Taiwan, the United States’ goal is to ensure Beijing understands an invasion is “never easy to do rapidly or cost-free,” the senior Pentagon official for the Indo-Pacific said Thursday. Read More

Panel: Artificial Intelligence Promises to Help Sailors Make Better Decisions Faster

Panel: Artificial Intelligence Promises to Help Sailors Make Better Decisions Faster

Saildrone Explorer unmanned surface vessels (USV) operate with USS Delbert D. Black (DDG-119) on Oct. 7, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Navy is thinking about artificial intelligence in two ways: the infrastructure to make unmanned systems work and technology meant to enhance how sailor and their commanders make decisions, a panel of technical and policy experts said Tuesday. Read More

Australia Needs Asymmetric Capabilities to Counter China in Indo-Pacific, Former Australian Official Says

Australia Needs Asymmetric Capabilities to Counter China in Indo-Pacific, Former Australian Official Says

Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Hobart (DDG 39) executes a live missile firing off the coast of Hawaii during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) on Aug. 25, 2020. RAN Photo

Australian political leaders have refocused Canberra’s attention on developing more asymmetric capabilities necessary to fighting a war far from its shores against “high-end competitor” China, a former senior national security adviser to its foreign minister said Tuesday. Read More

USS Bunker Hill Conducts 2nd South China Sea Freedom of Navigation Operation This Week

USS Bunker Hill Conducts 2nd South China Sea Freedom of Navigation Operation This Week

USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) transits the Philippine Sea, on March 24, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated with additional details of Bunker Hill’s freedom of navigation operation.

Guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) conducted a freedom of navigation operation through the Spratly Island chain in the South China Sea, U.S. 7th Fleet announced on Wednesday. Read More

China Says PLA Scrambled Aircraft, Ships to ‘Expel’ U.S. Warship from South China Sea Island Chain

China Says PLA Scrambled Aircraft, Ships to ‘Expel’ U.S. Warship from South China Sea Island Chain

Seaman Xi Chan stands lookout on the flight deck as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) transits the Taiwan Strait during routine underway operations on April 23, 2020. US Navy Photo

Chinese authorities said they sortied ships and aircraft to “track, monitor, verify, identify and expel” a U.S. warship from the Paracel Island chain in the South China Sea on Tuesday, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officials said on Chinese social media. Read More

Panel: Beijing Keeps Increasing Pressure on Taiwan to Join Mainland

Panel: Beijing Keeps Increasing Pressure on Taiwan to Join Mainland

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Beijing has ramped up diplomatic, economic and military pressure on Taipei to accept its “One China” point of view and it is driving the United States to better define what that means in Washington, experts on cross-straits relations said Thursday. Read More