– DefenseTech – Some photos of China’s entire carrier-based fighter fleet.
– Daily Telegraph – A series of errors contributed to the grounding of a nuclear-powered submarine off the west coast of Scotland more than two years ago, a report has found.
– Information Dissemination – A catch up on the activities around the different Chinese shipyards.
– Associated Press – Vietnam kicked off a weeklong naval exchange Monday with the U.S. Navy, with the former battlefield enemies cooperating amid percolating tensions in the South China Sea with Beijing.
– The Economist – “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” asked John Maynard Keynes. David Cameron might feel like quoting the great economist when he tells Parliament, as now seems almost certain, that the government is reversing its decision to buy the aircraft-carrier version of the Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35C, rather than the F-35B variant originally ordered by Labour in the 1990s.
– Daily Telegraph – Britain’s Armed Forces will be less able to undertake future military operations with the fighter jets ministers are preparing to buy in a cost-saving exercise, secret defence plans have revealed.
– Aviation Week and Space Technology – As promised, the U.S. Navy is focusing on taking greater care of its surface fleet, with the release this month of a new manual that details how the service will better maintain most of those ships.
– AP – An enormous, expensive and technology-laden warship that some Navy leaders once tried to kill because of its cost is now viewed as an important part of the Obama administration’s Asia-Pacific strategy, with advanced capabilities that the Navy’s top officer says represent the Navy’s future.
– Daily Telegraph – The ”largest and most powerful warship” ever built for the Royal Navy is beginning to take shape as two massive sections of HMS Queen Elizabeth were joined together.
– Aviation Week – The U.S. Navy’s expanding mission in Asia and the Pacific Ocean is a striking example of early planning turned on its head by changing threats. That upset is now being righted by innovations on the fly.
– Signal – China’s navy has begun using unmanned aerial vehicles as part of its blue-water operations. At least one type has been photographed by foreign reconnaissance aircraft, and other variants have been reported. Not only has China been displaying an assortment of models at air shows, it also is incorporating advanced U.S. unmanned vehicle technology into current and future systems.
– New Yorker – Seymour Hirsch looks at US covert operations in Iran.
– New Yorker – For foreign workers on U.S. bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, war can be hell.
– The Economist – A rare look inside the world’s biggest military expansion.
– Economist – There are ways to reduce the threat to stability that an emerging superpower poses.
– Stratfor – Robert D. Kaplan writes that the Obama administration “pivot” to the Pacific, formally announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last November and reiterated more recently by the president himself, might appear like a reassertion of America’s imperial tendencies just at the time when Washington should be concentrating on the domestic economy. But in fact, the pivot was almost inevitable.
– Wired – Driving through the cavernous entrance carved into the heavy rock of the mountain was pure James Bond, but the base that unfolded inside was a hard-hitting mix of superspy fantasy and the coarse reality of the Cold War world in which it played a key part.
– BBC – The Philippines says it has withdrawn its largest warship from a continuing stand-off with Chinese boats in the disputed South China Sea.
– Daily Telegraph – Admiral Sir John Forster Woodward – who in 1982 gave the order to sink the General Belgrano – regrets not making more of how the Falklands war was won.
– BBC – The Philippines says its main naval vessel is engaged in a stand-off with Chinese surveillance ships at a disputed South China Sea shoal.
– BBC – India has formally commissioned a nuclear-powered submarine into its navy, rejoining the elite club of nations with such a weapon.
– Daily Telegraph – The Royal Navy’s newest destroyer HMS Dauntless set sail on its maiden mission for the Falklands today amid strained diplomatic relations between Argentina and Britain.
– Associated Press – The deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise along the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks only the fourth time in the past decade that the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating at the same time in the region.
– BBC – The first contingent of 200 United States Marines has arrived in Darwin. The troops are there on a six-month rotational basis and will take part in training exercises with the Australian Defence Force.
– Wired – James Bamford writes that under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.