– Real Clear Defense – It may be a sign of the times that Taiwan seldom comes up during Q&A sessions following Asia talks these days. But it does sometimes—especially with savvy but lay audiences. So it was this week with the Financial Technology Forum, a gathering of IT professionals on Goat Island in Newport. Question: in light of China’s rise to diplomatic, economic, and military eminence and well-documented ambition to rule Taiwan, is it inevitable that the island will find itself subsumed within the mainland’s communist regime?
– USNI News – The US Navy has accepted the second Virginia-class (SSN-774) Block III nuclear attack submarine from Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding.
– Asian Maritime Transparency Institute – With six-plus-years of Chinese Gulf of Aden anti-piracy operations and China’s first submarine deployments to the Indian Ocean, considering possible support facilities for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) isn’t just for those theorizing a “String of Pearls” anymore. The U.S. Department of Defense itself forecasts that within the coming decade Beijing will establish one or more facilities capable of providing significant, if still limited, logistical support. The IOR is attracting increasing Chinese and American attention, with the latest U.S. Maritime Strategy referring to the “Indo-Asia-Pacific” and the previous commander of the U.S. Pacific Command describing its area of operations extending “from Hollywood to Bollywood.” With IOR geopolitics thus receiving growing outside attention, where China will ultimately locate its naval logistics points is an increasingly important question.
– Real Clear Defense – How do you adapt to changing times and circumstances, particularly when your home institution is big, and bureaucratic, and has compiled a long record of success that seems to vindicate its approach for all time? An institution like, say, the U.S. submarine force, or the U.S. Navy as a whole?
– National Interest – “[I]f the United States insists on publicly denying and routinely penetrating the 12-nm lines, China simply cannot bear the costs of inaction.”
– The Diplomat – China is becoming “more willing and able” to stake and defend its interests overseas.
– USNI News – The Navy’s reduced combat system modernization schedule for its legacy Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyers (DDG-51) puts the surface fleets ability to tackle ballistic missile defense (BMD) tasks — as well as protect high value ships like aircraft carriers — at risk.
– USNI News – India’s Kilo-class attack submarine INS Sindhukirti (S-61) is set to return to the fleet soon, with its final “full-power trials” beginning Friday after the ship spent nearly 10 years undergoing refit work..
– USNI News – The Royal Australian Navy has begun sea trials for its second big deck Canberra-class amphibious warship.
– National Interest – Here are three ways in which tensions in the South China Sea might lead to conflict.
– Manila Times – Undersea patrols in West Philippine Sea may roll out by year end.
– Liberty Web – An interview with Robert D. Kaplan.
– Want China Times – Admitting that Japan has the capability to project its naval force to the South China Sea, Admiral Li Jie of China’s People’s Liberation Army said Chinese warships also have the right to ram Japanese ships in the disputed region.
– McClatchy – U.S. officials and many of China’s neighbors are alarmed by China’s construction of artificial islands and military facilities in the South China Sea, given its growing fleet of nuclear submarines.
– Globe and Mail – An interview with Robert D. Kaplan.
– Janes – The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) and US Navy (USN) have completed a five-day bilateral anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise that included surface, subsurface, and airborne assets in the Philippine Sea close to Guam.
– The Diplomat – Tokyo and Manila are preparing for yet another joint maritime drill.
– New York Times Magazine – The unit best known for killing Osama bin Laden has been converted into a global manhunting machine with limited outside oversight.
– US Naval War College Review – Xi Jinping’s declaration that China should strive to become a “true maritime power” has been much discussed in the context of China’s “peaceful rise” and the pursuit of the “Chinese dream.” Although there is, at face value, nothing quite new about Xi’s exhortation to the Chinese leadership, his remarks need to be understood against a rather complex background of situations, policies, and aspirations if their full significance is to be appreciated.
– US Naval Institute Proceedings – Reviving the forgotten ‘arsenal ship’ concept could give the Navy the edge in destroying an enemy’s communication and weapon systems.
– US Naval War College Review – Tracing the evolution in French, Soviet, and Chinese naval thought.
– US Naval Institute Proceedings – On the surface, hiring contractors would seem a wise choice. But the Navy does so at grave risk to its budget and culture of self-sufficiency.
– US Naval War College Review – Naval warfare in the littorals has much in common with war conducted on the open ocean. However, there are also some significant differences, due to the extremely complex, dynamic, and challenging physical environment of the former. The peculiarities of the physical environment in the littorals offer many challenges — but also opportunities — in the employment of naval forces and aircraft. Distinctions between characteristics of war on the open ocean and in the littorals must be thoroughly understood; otherwise, commanders and their staffs simply cannot plan or employ
– US Naval Institute Proceedings – A view from the 6th Fleet, where the ‘operationalizing’ of the new maritime strategy is well under way.
– US Naval War College Review – There is no single champion for mine warfare. This lack of support presents challenges for the U.S. Navy and the nation, as the service struggles to articulate, and to muster the necessary backing for, mine warfare (MIW) strategies, programs, capabilities, and capacities.