– Defense News – Japanese Aegis destroyer Atago detected and shot down a short-range ballistic missile in space Tuesday in a joint test with the U.S. Navy using the SM-3 Block IB missile.
– Japanese Ministry of Defense – An excellent look at how the Japanese see the Chinese threat to Japan.
– CIMSEC – The first two phases of the multinational, Caribbean-focused military exercise Tradewinds 2018 took place between 4-21 June. Said maneuvers, sponsored by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), brought together an estimated 1,700 troops from almost two dozen nations. Given the ongoing maritime security challenges that the Greater Caribbean continues to face, these confidence and interoperability-building exercises continue to be very important.
– US Naval War College Review – Military targeting practices should be the core of any analysis that seeks a better understanding both of the concept of meaningful human control within a context of increasingly autonomous weapons, and of what human-machine relationship we require.
– US Naval War College Review – A survey of how Europe’s naval forces have evolved since the end of the Cold War amid a complex and threatening security environment. More than two decades of fiscal austerity have jeopardized Europe’s ability both to ensure good order at sea and to provide credible deterrence, and have limited its ability to promote common interests and shape events abroad.
– The Atlantic – The tale of a B-2 bombing raid in the Libyan desert, pitting stealth bombers and 500-pound bombs against 70 ragtag fighters
– CIMSEC – It is worth noting that a recent Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) study on maritime domain awareness in northern Europe described frogmen as “arguably the most effective force for maritime hybrid operations.”
– The Economist – AI-empowered robots pose entirely new dangers, possibly of an existential kind.
– The Economist – Autonomous robots and swarms will change the nature of warfare.
– The Economist – Mutually assured destruction has served as the ultimate deterrent, but for how much longer?
– The Economist – To counter regional challengers, America needs to regain its technological edge.
– The Economist – Much of the fighting in future wars is likely to take place in cities.
– The Economist – The uses of constructive ambiguity.
– US Naval War College Review – Despite a long history, riverine operations have received only scant attention from the academic community and military analysts. The little writing that exists on the topic tends to be either personal memoir or tactical instruction, with serious analyses few and far between, and then often hidden away in more-general texts on amphibious warfare. This article sets out to explore this unfamiliar yet vital territory to determine the relevance of riverine operations to contemporary and future military campaigns. It is pertinent now, as budget allocations once again are reviewed and NATO’s amphibious doctrine is refreshed.
– The Economist – The power of fake news and undue influence.