Tag Archives: China

U.S. Cyber Forces Face Security Clearance Challenges

U.S. Cyber Forces Face Security Clearance Challenges

Sailors stand at attention in formation in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). US Navy Photo

Moving qualified service members through the security clearance process to be part of the rapidly expanding cyber mission force has been a challenge for the military, a key Senate panel was told on Tuesday. Read More

Zukunft: Changing Arctic Could Lead to Armed U.S. Icebreakers in Future Fleet

Zukunft: Changing Arctic Could Lead to Armed U.S. Icebreakers in Future Fleet

The 420-foot Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks ice in the Bering Sea to assist the tanker Renda on Jan. 8, 2012. US Coast Guard Photo

The U.S. Coast Guard has begun work to design and buy three heavy and three medium polar icebreakers, but the service reserves the right to increase the size of the program or even add offensive weapons to them if needed to respond to a rapidly changing Arctic environment, the commandant said. Read More

Japanese Officials: Washington and Tokyo Need More Ballistic Missile Defense Cooperation

Japanese Officials: Washington and Tokyo Need More Ballistic Missile Defense Cooperation

U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD), and U.S. Navy Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a flight test Feb. 3 (Hawaii Standard Time), resulting in the first intercept of a ballistic missile target using the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA off the west coast of Hawaii. For more information visit https://www.mda.mil. (U.S. Navy photo by Leah Garton/Released)

To counter immediate and growing North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile threats, three former Japanese ministers of defense said Tokyo needs to work with Washington to enhance ballistic missile defense capabilities to better defend itself and develop an effective counterstrike if attacked. Read More

PACOM: U.S. Should Renegotiate INF Missile Treaty to Better Compete with China

PACOM: U.S. Should Renegotiate INF Missile Treaty to Better Compete with China

Chinese DF-26 missiles on display during a military parade in Tiananmen Square. Photo via globalsecurity.org

The commander of U.S. Pacific Command said the United States may want to renegotiate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia because the restrictions on conventional land-based weapons are hindering the U.S. military’s ability to keep up with China. Read More

Brookings Panel: Chinese Military Expansion Continues to Strain Relations with U.S.

Brookings Panel: Chinese Military Expansion Continues to Strain Relations with U.S.

Soldiers of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army 1st Amphibious Mechanized Infantry Division in 2011. DoD Photo

While four national security experts were cautiously optimistic about the future of Chinese-American relations, the core problem between the two powers is Beijing’s continuing military expansion is threatening the United States’ ability to operate in the Pacific. Read More

PACOM to Conduct South China Sea FONOPs 'Soon,' But Also Needs China To Help With North Korea

PACOM to Conduct South China Sea FONOPs ‘Soon,’ But Also Needs China To Help With North Korea

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 harbor on the South China Sea. Xinhua Photo

Complex situations in the Asia-Pacific region have forced the United States to both rely on China as a partner in deescalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula and admonish as an aggressor, with the U.S. vowing to push back with upcoming Freedom of Navigation operations in the South China Sea and pushing other countries to do the same, U.S. Pacific Command commander Adm. Harry Harris told lawmakers today. Read More

VIDEO: China Launches First Domestic Aircraft Carrier

VIDEO: China Launches First Domestic Aircraft Carrier

China’s Type-001A Carrier following its launching ceremony on April 26, 2017. Ministry of National Defense Photo

This post has been updated with additional information from naval analysyts.

China has launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier in a ceremony at a northern Chinese shipyard on Wednesday. Read More