Naval News – China’s growing fleet of survey ships continue to cause friction in the Pacific region. One of the most modern and capable has been operating in the small country of Palau’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). This emphasizes the strategic importance of the small island chains in the region.
CIMSEC – According to the services’ operating concepts, the Navy and Marine Corps intend to operate together seamlessly in a future naval campaign. Since one of the main arguments for these concepts is the creation of a network of sensors to inform decision-makers, the services’ intelligence and information warfare communities are vital to this effort—these communities can lead through deliberate structural change to involve the other service in its enterprise.
news.com.au – China is feared to be hiding missiles in shipping containers as part of a Trojan Horse-style plan to launch an attack anywhere in world, experts warn.
War on the Rocks – Claude Berube asks the question…
CIMSEC – While SSN(X) will carry both unmanned aircraft and unmanned undersea vehicles (UUV), it is assumed that UUV optimization will lead the unmanned priority list. Acting as a mothership, SSN(X) will be able to deploy these UUVs to perform a variety of tasks, including gaining a greater awareness of the battlespace, targeting, active deception and other classified missions. To fulfill its destiny, UUV employment must be a consideration in every frame of SSN(X) and subjected to rigorous analysis.
CIMSEC – In his book Fleet Tactics and Naval Operations, Capt.(ret) Wayne Hughes states: “At sea the essence of tactical success has been the first application of effective offensive force.” Capt. Hughes’ warfighting axiom – applying offensive force first – is the distinct advantage information warfare intends to deliver, and it is predicated on sound battlespace awareness. Given the advances in the speed, precision, and destructive power of modern naval weapons, finding and fixing the adversary remains indispensable.
The Hill – China is looking to create its first permanent military presence on the Atlantic Ocean, on the coast of the small African nation Equatorial Guinea.
War on the Rocks – Perhaps policymakers should ask why Taiwan has chosen a different defense strategy than what the United States wants. A major reason is America itself: Washington’s policy of “strategic ambiguity” does not provide Taipei with a clear security commitment, even as American intervention is essential to any effective defense. Taiwan’s new strategy is therefore designed to maximize the likelihood of U.S. intervention, even as it reduces the longevity of its forces against Chinese attack. Washington can convince Taipei to adopt asymmetric defense by ameliorating its fears of abandonment, switching from ambiguity to clarity.
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War Zone – The U.S. Coast Guard’s only operational heavy icebreaker might not have a replacement by the time it needs to retire, even after a major overhaul.
CIMSEC – FICINT short story.
War Zone – A new joint war plan is coming together and it envisages an expanded role for the South Korean military in the Asia Pacific region.
Navy Lookout – During trials off Plymouth in mid-October, BAE Systems’ autonomous RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) was successfully controlled from the operations room of HMS Argyll. Here we look in detail at the development of this system.
Breaking Defense – Upgrading the P-8’s offensive capabilities could add confusion to any Chinese planning, but the Pentagon has struggled to integrate LRASM onto other aircraft.
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Morroco World News – Bilateral military cooperation between the two countries has been growing lately.
(Thanks to Alain)
USNI News – The Republic of Korea Navy is no longer solely focused on the threat from its northern neighbor, but is embarking on an expansion to build a fully-fledged blue water fleet.
Breaking Defense – The Marine Corps today published a new warfighting concept, dubbed “Stand-In Forces,” describing the need for small, “lethal” forces that can also work at levels below combat to counter what’s often referred to as “gray zone” aggression from rivals like China.
USNI News – Tensions between Washington and Moscow are rising with a marked increase in competition in the undersea domain, as Russia continues to invest in a fleet of specialized submarines.