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U.S. Marines, Japan Self-Defense Force Troops Begin New Ground Exercise Series Northern Viper

U.S. Marines, Japan Self-Defense Force Troops Begin New Ground Exercise Series Northern Viper

U.S. Marines with 3rd Light Armored Reconnassiance Battalion wait to enter the Light Armored Vehicle live-fire range Aug. 14, 2017, in Hokudaien, Japan, during Northern Viper 2017. US Marine Corps Photo

More than 2,000 U.S. Marines and 1,500 Japan Self-Defense Force troops are practicing Indo-Asia-Pacific regional security during the recently started first iteration of exercise Northern Viper 2017. Read More

House Armed Services Committee Interested In Unmanned Aviation, Shipyard Readiness, Pacific Operations

House Armed Services Committee Interested In Unmanned Aviation, Shipyard Readiness, Pacific Operations

The guided-missile destroyers USS Russel (DDG 59), USS Chung Hoon (DDG 93) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) follow the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during a show of force transit on Aug. 11, 2015. US Navy photo.

The House Armed Services Committee’s annual defense bill expresses lawmakers’ national security priorities through not only spending decisions but also through hundreds of pages of policies, “sense of Congress” statements and requests for more information.

The Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act being considered this week highlights this year’s emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region, on boosting offensive and defensive aviation capabilities to a next-generation level, and ensuring the Navy is ready to maintain and operate the fleet while preparing for tomorrow’s potential battles. Read More

Panel: China Not Yet Ready Militarily, Economically to Take on America’s Global Role

Panel: China Not Yet Ready Militarily, Economically to Take on America’s Global Role

A Chinese People’s Armed Police guard on Tiananmen Square, in front of the portrait of Mao Zedong.

Because Beijing lacks the hard power of global military strength and the soft power to shape other nation’s attitudes through its economic diversity, one of China’s leading diplomatic scholars said it is not now in China’s interest as a rising power to try and take over the United States’ role in the world in maintaining international order. Read More

E-2C Squadron VAW-115 Leaves Japan After 44 Years of Operations

E-2C Squadron VAW-115 Leaves Japan After 44 Years of Operations

A U.S. Navy E-2C Hawkeye aircraft assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 lands on the flight line at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, Dec. 1, 2013. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s transition from the E-2C Hawkeye to the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye in the Pacific is complete, with the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 “Liberty Bells” departing Japan after 44 years of service there. 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

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

Panel: China and U.S. Maintain Fundamental Rifts in Talking About the South China Sea

Panel: China and U.S. Maintain Fundamental Rifts in Talking About the South China Sea

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) conducts routine patrols in international waters of the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands as the People’s Liberation Army-Navy [PLA(N)] guided-missile frigate Yancheng (FFG 546) sails close behind, on May 11, 2015. US Navy photo.

The widely different definitions given to phrases, such as “freedom of navigation” or “rule of law,” between the West and Beijing greatly complicate the disputes in the South China Sea, three Chinese policy and maritime affairs experts agreed Thursday. Read More

Accelerated North Korean Ballistic Missile Program Worries Congress, Military

Accelerated North Korean Ballistic Missile Program Worries Congress, Military

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a ballistic rocket-launching drill of Hwasong artillery units of the Strategic Force of the KPA on the spot in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 7, 2017. via Reuters

North Korea will “in a matter of time” have an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States; but as matters stand now, American defenses would destroy it before it reached its target. Read More

Japanese Politician: Trump Message on Defense Should Spark Wake Up Call in Tokyo

Japanese Politician: Trump Message on Defense Should Spark Wake Up Call in Tokyo

Sailors aboard Japanese destroyer JS KONGO (DDG-173) watch pierside line handlers as the ship moors pierside Naval Station Pearl Harbor on Oct. 15, 2007. US Navy Photo

President Donald Trump’s message to Tokyo to pick up more of the burden in the defense alliance “should be a trigger for us” to examine “our own thoughts of security,” a founder of the Japan Innovation Party told an audience at a Washington, D.C., think tank Monday. Read More