CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — With its official operational date fast approaching, Japan’s first Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade kicked off the bilateral Iron Fist 2018 exercise on Friday with an opening ceremony alongside its Marine Corps hosts. It wasn’t a time for long speeches. Read More
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
The U.S. involvement in the Western Pacific is necessary to reestablish a rules base order in the region to address the “bookend dangers” of excessive accommodation and aggressive containment of China, according to a new report from The Atlantic Council. Read More
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
Congressionally-imposed spending caps for training and defense modernization and a spate of accidents are challenging the military’s ability to project power to potential adversaries, said the nation’s top military leader Tuesday. Read More
The People’s Republic China needs to be seen by the United States as its principal potential adversary in the years ahead, not as a commercial partner that America cannot live without, a leading expert on maritime issues said Wednesday. Read More
Underscoring the importance of President Donald Trump’s upcoming Pacific visit, “the countries of East Asia want the United States actively engaged” as Beijing increasingly flexes its economic and military power in the Pacific, Australia’s former defense secretary and ambassador to the United States said on Monday. Read More
The following is the Aug. 18, 2017 Congressional Research Service report, China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities — Background and Issues for Congress. Read More
Creating a means for quickly de-escalating tense operations is the goal of a recently signed communications agreement between military leaders from the United States and China. Read More