Tag Archives: U.S. Indo-Pacific Command

Sea Services: More Assertive Posture Against China Will Require Presence, Strong Alliances

Sea Services: More Assertive Posture Against China Will Require Presence, Strong Alliances

USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93) sails in the South China Sea on May 10, 2019. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard say they need to begin acting more assertively to push back against gray-zone operations China is already conducting today. That means having more forward forces to deter, to document malign behaviors and to support partners as they protect their territory, according to service leaders.
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White House Plans to Nominate PACFLEET CO to Lead U.S. Joint Force in Pacific

White House Plans to Nominate PACFLEET CO to Lead U.S. Joint Force in Pacific

Adm. John Aquilino, U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, speaks with 13 other heads of navies or their representatives from allied and partner nations throughout the Indo-Pacific region during a virtual key leader engagement to discuss outlooks and perspectives in this COVID-19 environment on Sept. 23, 2020. US Navy Photo

U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. John Aquilino is slated to be nominated to serve as the next chief of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, USNI News has learned. Read More

SECNAV Braithwaite Calls for New U.S. 1st Fleet Near Indian, Pacific Oceans

SECNAV Braithwaite Calls for New U.S. 1st Fleet Near Indian, Pacific Oceans

Secretary of the Navy Kenneth Braithwaite delivers remarks honoring the 245th U.S. Marine Corps birthday at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on Oct. 27, 2020. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include additional comments from Secretary Braithwaite and a subsequent statement from a Navy spokesman.

Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite called for the Navy to establish a new numbered fleet closer to the border of the Indian and Pacific Oceans – perhaps out of Singapore – to more fully address the naval challenges in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command area of the world. Read More

Valiant Shield 2020 Kicks Off Today As Joint Force Assembles in Mariana Islands

Valiant Shield 2020 Kicks Off Today As Joint Force Assembles in Mariana Islands

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a formation of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 ships as U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft and U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornets pass overhead for a photo exercise during Valiant Shield 2018 on Sept. 17. US Navy photo

Joint forces are assembling around Guam and the Mariana Islands Range Complex for high-end Pacific exercise Valiant Shield 2020, which kicks off today. Read More

Thornberry: Final NDAA Bill Won’t Be Ready Until After Election

Thornberry: Final NDAA Bill Won’t Be Ready Until After Election

Rep. Mac Thornberry, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, met with journalists from the Defense Writers Group, an association of news outlets with reporters that cover national security issues, at the George Washington University on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. GWU Photo

The final conference report on the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act won’t be ready until after the Nov. 3 election, the outgoing ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee said on Wednesday. Read More

Army Keying in on Anti-Ship, Hypersonic Weapons for ‘All Domain’ Pacific Fight

Army Keying in on Anti-Ship, Hypersonic Weapons for ‘All Domain’ Pacific Fight

A M1A2 Abrams tank with 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division fires during gunnery qualification in South Korea in 2019. US Army Photo

The Army is developing long-range hypersonic and intermediate-range anti-ship weapons as key components of its emerging strategy in the Western Pacific, the service’s top officer said last week. Read More

House, Senate Defense Bills Differ In Approach to Indo-Pacific Security, But Stress Region's Importance

House, Senate Defense Bills Differ In Approach to Indo-Pacific Security, But Stress Region’s Importance

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) training ships JS Kashima (TV 3508), left, and JS Shimayuki (TV 3513), right, sail alongside the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) during an exercise, June 23, 2020. Gabrielle Giffords, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force. US Navy photo.

The House and the Senate agree they need to prioritize the Indo-Pacific region in their annual defense policy and spending bills. They don’t quite agree on how far to go in doing that, but an overriding sense that they need to start somewhere this year will likely get them to the creation of a Indo-Pacific fund to counter China, akin to the European Deterrence Initiative created in 2014 to push back against Russia. Read More