Tag Archives: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin

Milley: China Wants Capability to Take Taiwan by 2027, Sees No Near-term Intent to Invade

Milley: China Wants Capability to Take Taiwan by 2027, Sees No Near-term Intent to Invade

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify to the Senate Appropriations Committee regarding the fiscal year 2022 budget for the Defense Department, June 17, 2021. DoD Photo

China wants the ability to invade and hold Taiwan within the next six years but might not intend to do so in the near term, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told Congress today. Read More

Milley: China Striving 'To Be Our Equal' In Coming Decades

Milley: China Striving ‘To Be Our Equal’ In Coming Decades

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark A. Milley testify before the House Appropriations Committee-Defense on the Fiscal 2022 Department of Defense Budget in the Pentagon Press Briefing Room, Washington, D.C., May 27, 2021. DoD Photo

While the Chinese are investing heavily in advanced technology, “they are not our peer or near-peer competitor just” militarily, but their goal is “to be our equal” across all domains in the coming decades, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today. Read More

Officials: the Philippines Expanding South China Sea Patrols Near Disputed Reef

Officials: the Philippines Expanding South China Sea Patrols Near Disputed Reef

Republic of the Philippines Navy ship BRP Jose Rizal (FF 150) steams in a multinational formation during a photo exercise off the coast of Hawaii during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise on Aug. 21, 2020. US Navy Photo

MANILA – The Philippines has sent additional ships on Tuesday to its maritime territory that is subject to China’s expansive claims in the South China Sea, officials announced on Tuesday. Read More

Persistent Chinese Maritime Militia Presence off Philippines Raises Concerns in Manila

Persistent Chinese Maritime Militia Presence off Philippines Raises Concerns in Manila

Overview of Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea and Chinese vessels moored in the waters surrounding the boomerang-shaped coral reef on March 23. MAXAR Photo

MANILA – Chinese maritime militia vessels remained berthed at the Whitsun Reef, which is located within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, lending credence to what Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana described as China’s plot to permanently occupy the feature. Read More

CNO: Pentagon Force Posture Review Will Inform Future Carrier Missions, Arctic Presence

CNO: Pentagon Force Posture Review Will Inform Future Carrier Missions, Arctic Presence

USS Toledo (SSN-769) surfaces at Ice Camp Seadragon on the Arctic Ocean for Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2020. US Navy Photo

The chief of naval operations said an ongoing Global Force Posture Review led by the defense secretary could bring about changes to how aircraft carriers and other in-demand naval assets should be deployed around the world in the future, as one deployed carrier strike group that trained for a range of new missions is now in the Middle East conducting the same old missions of land strikes and deterrence against aggression from Iran. Read More

HASC Members Pushing for SECNAV Nominee Ahead of Pentagon Budget Fight, Fleet Modernization

HASC Members Pushing for SECNAV Nominee Ahead of Pentagon Budget Fight, Fleet Modernization

Flag of the U.S. Secretary of the Navy

Two members of the House Armed Services Committee today called for the Biden administration to hurry and nominate someone to serve as the next Navy secretary, as the sea service faces tough decisions about how to modernize the force and potentially a budget showdown with the other services competing for funding. Read More

Schultz: Coast Guard Units Remain in High Demand as Forces Stretches to Meet Needs

Schultz: Coast Guard Units Remain in High Demand as Forces Stretches to Meet Needs

Adm. Karl Schultz, the commandant of the Coast Guard, speaks during the 2021 State of the Coast Guard Address in San Diego March 11, 2021. US Coast Guard Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Coast Guard remains in big demand at home and overseas as it continues to modernize the service and develop its force, the service’s top officer said in an annual address last week. Read More