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STRATCOM's Haney: China Not Transparent with Nuclear Weapons Policy

STRATCOM’s Haney: China Not Transparent with Nuclear Weapons Policy

People's Liberation Army Navy Type-92 submarine nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN). PLAN Photo

People’s Liberation Army Navy Type-92 submarine nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN). PLAN Photo

While Russia continues to steadily invest in strategic capabilities, the head of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) said there is some transparency in what they are spending money on because of treaty requirements. But with China the story is very different, Adm. Cecil Haney told the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. Read More

Opinion: North Korea’s Sea-Based Deterrent

Opinion: North Korea’s Sea-Based Deterrent

A Soviet Golf II class ballistic missile submarine underway in 1985. North Korea is reportedly building its own sea-based nuclear deterrent based on the Golf II design. DoD Photo

A Soviet Golf II class ballistic missile submarine underway in 1985. North Korea is reportedly building its own sea-based nuclear deterrent based on the Golf II design. DoD Photo

Recent reports that North Korea is developing submarines based on obsolete Golf-II class Soviet-era submarines has gained worldwide attention. However obsolete, it is reported that North Korea had invested its time in “examining and replicating” the missile-launch system of the Soviet-era subs. Read More

Former U.S. Commander in Korea: North Korea Could Use More Than Missiles to Deploy Nuclear Weapons

Former U.S. Commander in Korea: North Korea Could Use More Than Missiles to Deploy Nuclear Weapons

2012 North Korean missile test.

2012 North Korean missile test.

While the United States, Republic of Korea and Japan speak often about the nuclear missile threat posed by North Korea to all three nations, the former commander of the combined forces on the Korean peninsula said the allies may be missing a very real, but less thought about dangers. “The best way to deliver a nuclear weapon to Seoul” could be “a rickety old wooden airplane,” or a drone or a ship pulling into a nearby harbor. Read More

U.S. Navy Completes its Role in Korean Ferry Search

U.S. Navy Completes its Role in Korean Ferry Search

A CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6). US Navy Photo

A CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6). US Navy Photo

The South Korean government has released USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) from the search for more than 100 passengers still missing after the April 16 sinking of the ferry Sewol, according to the U.S. Navy. Read More

Two Navy Helicopters Join in Korean Ferry Rescue Effort

Two Navy Helicopters Join in Korean Ferry Rescue Effort

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 is chained to the deck after landing on the flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) after conducting search and rescue operations. Sailors and Marines onboard Bonhomme Richard are conducting search and rescue operations as requested by the Republic of Korea. US Navy Photo

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 is chained to the deck after landing on the flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) after conducting search and rescue operations. Sailors and Marines onboard Bonhomme Richard are conducting search and rescue operations as requested by the Republic of Korea. US Navy Photo

A pair of Navy MH-60 Seahawk helicopters have been assigned to aid in rescue effort following the Wednesday sinking of a South Korean ferry, Navy officails told USNI News on Thursday. Read More

U.S. Sends Amphib to Assist in South Korean Ferry Disaster

U.S. Sends Amphib to Assist in South Korean Ferry Disaster

MV-22 on the deck of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on April 16, 2014. US Navy Photo

MV-22 on the deck of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) on April 16, 2014. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy is sending the amphibious warship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) to support the efforts of Republic of Korea (RoK) following the sinking of the passenger ship Sewol, U.S. Navy officials told USNI News on Wednesday. Read More

Nimitz Leaves Busan for Sea of Japan

Nimitz Leaves Busan for Sea of Japan

Army Gen. James D. Thurman, commander, United Nations Command, Republic of Korea - United States Combined Forces command, and United States Forces Korea onboard the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on May, 11 2013. US Navy Photo

Army Gen. James D. Thurman, commander, United Nations Command, Republic of Korea – United States Combined Forces command, and United States Forces Korea onboard the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on May, 11 2013. US Navy Photo

Aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) has left Busan, Korea for joint exercises between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea, according to a Monday statement from U.S. 7th Fleet.

“The operations are taking place beyond the territorial seas of any coastal nations and are intended to reinforce regional security and stability, enhance interoperability with our allies, and increase operational proficiency and readiness,” read the statement. Read More

North Korea's War Plan

North Korea’s War Plan

Undated picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his advisors.

Undated picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his advisors.

Parsing harrowing threat from hot air is an essential task for monitoring the Korean peninsula. North Korean leaders and propaganda outlets unfailingly respond to times of crisis with apocalyptic language.

After the 2010 bombardment of the disputed Yeonpyeong island, for example, North Korea warned of a “merciless shower” and vowed renewed war would turn Seoul into a “sea of fire.”

Kim Jong-un, since succeeding his late father in December 2011, has overseen new missile tests, and in February 2013 declared his country was conducting its third nuclear test. With that latest crisis have come new rounds of grave statements. Read More