Panel: NATO Needs to Take Russian Offensive, Defensive Advances in Arctic Seriously

Russia’s Baltic Fleet. Russian Ministry of Defense photo.

Russia’s massive 70-warship Ocean Shield exercise in the Baltic Sea last year signaled the Kremlin’s intention to be the dominating Arctic power militarily and economically, two international security experts said Tuesday.

“The complexity of exercises has expanded significantly over the last twelve years” as Moscow has pushed conventional and nuclear military modernization programs forward to assert its dominance regionally, Katarzyna...

https://news.usni.org/2020/07/01/panel-nato-needs-to-take-russian-offensive-defensive-advances-in-arctic-seriously

On Korean War Anniversary, Military Tensions Between North and South On the Rise

Republic of Korea Army soldiers stand resolute at the iconic Joint Security Area where South and North Korean soldiers stand face to face across the Korean Demilitarized Zone, Panmunjom, South Korea, June 19, 2018. US Army Photo

Tensions on the Korean peninsula are on the rise as North Korea is reasserting an aggressive military posture — cutting hotline communications, blowing up a liaison office and issuing threats to send armed soldiers into guard posts along the Demilitarized Zone.

The...

https://news.usni.org/2020/06/25/on-korean-war-anniversary-military-tensions-between-north-and-south-on-the-rise

Panel: COVID-19 Pandemic Could Prompt Changes to National Security Spending

Coronavirus 2019

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. CDC Image

The Pentagon’s budget will fall in the future as Congress sees how little the Department of Defense’s spending was able to protect against the global COVID-19 pandemic, three national...

https://news.usni.org/2020/06/15/panel-covid-19-pandemic-could-prompt-changes-to-national-security-spending

Coast Guard: Excessive Fishing Becoming ‘Instrument of National Power’ In Oceania, Pacific

The 83-foot commercial fishing vessel, Lady Kristie, the Coast Guard interdicted in early 2019. Coast Guard Photo

The nations in Southeastern Asia facing an existential threat from illegal fishing are the ones least able to protect themselves from it, the senior Coast Guard officer in charge of operations said on Tuesday.

“Fishing has become an instrument of national power,” Vice Adm. Daniel Abel said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. China is by far the nation with the...

https://news.usni.org/2020/01/07/coast-guard-excessive-fishing-becoming-instrument-of-national-power-in-oceania-pacific

Chinese Warship Visit to Japan Part of Growing Military Charm Offensive

People’s Liberation Army Navy Band in 2006. US Navy Photo

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy is embarking on a regional charm offensive this autumn by sending a pair of ships on friendly visits – including a rare port call in Japan – as part of an ongoing effort using the military to further diplomatic missions.

This week, PLA Navy guided-missile destroyer Taiyuan (Hull-131) is due to take part in an international fleet review in Sagami Bay, Tokyo, according to a statement released by...

https://news.usni.org/2019/10/08/chinese-warship-visit-to-japan-part-of-growing-military-charm-offensive

Official: India Seeking ‘Greater Customization’ of its Future Alliances

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Rear Adm. Masafumi Nishiwaki, Commander, Escort Flotilla Four gives introductory remarks at the Malabar 2019 opening ceremony aboard the Japanese helicopter destroyer JS Kaga (DDH-184) on Sept. 26, 2019. US Navy Photo

Washington and New Delhi, “need to press the refresh button” in building a relationship for the future based on new global realities, India’s minister of external affairs said Wednesday.

Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies...

https://news.usni.org/2019/10/01/official-india-seeking-greater-customization-of-its-future-alliances

New Chinese Military Strategy Casts U.S. Military in Asia as Destabilizing

Members of a Chinese military honor guard march during a welcome ceremony. DoD photo

A new Chinese defense ministry policy paper counters the Pentagon’s National Defense Strategy by casting the U.S. as an aggressive and destabilizing force in Asia.

The recently released China’s National Defense in the New Era acknowledges China and the U.S. are competing superpowers, but China’s paper makes the case Beijing’s policies provide peaceful security to a region facing threats posed by pressure from the...

https://news.usni.org/2019/07/30/new-chinese-military-strategy-casts-u-s-military-in-asia-as-destabilizing

Panel: U.S., China South China Sea Tensions Show No Signs of Easing

Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning underway. PLAN Photo

While Washington defends its Navy’s transits through disputed waters in the South China Sea as upholding international freedom of navigation, Beijing blasts these operations as provocative and clear violations of its domestic law, a leading Chinese naval expert said last week; and both positions could harden.

The U.S. needs to consistently transit through contested waters around the globe, not one-offs solely in the South China Sea, said Adm....

https://news.usni.org/2019/07/29/panel-u-s-china-south-china-sea-tensions-show-no-signs-of-easing

Funding For Low-Yield Nukes Could be Sticking Point in Budget Bill Debate

An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN-739) off the coast of California. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Armed Services Committee members on both sides of the aisle have different defense spending priorities but there’s not much daylight between Republicans and Democrats on the final topline spending number.

The HASC marked the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act with $632.9 billion in DoD base spending,...

https://news.usni.org/2019/06/11/funding-for-low-yield-nukes-could-be-sticking-point-in-budget-bill-debate

Sailors Join New Ready, Relevant Training Pilot Program

Operations Specialist 3rd Class Ashley Decko stands watch in the bridge of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), operating in the Indo-Pacific region. Navy photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A group of sailors have entered a new enlisted education program that could reshape Navy training, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran said Tuesday.

The Navy’s long-discussed overhaul of sailor training kicked-off last week, when a group of Operations Specialists joined a pilot program for the...

https://news.usni.org/2019/04/16/sailors-join-new-ready-relevant-training-pilot-program

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