Anti-Access Lessons from the Past | by Toshi Yoshihara
When strategists encounter a formidable policy challenge, they often rush to their history books. China’s growing assertiveness in maritime Asia has been sufficiently worrisome to occasion just such a search for lessons in the past. The greatest stimulus for this inquiry is Beijing’s emerging anti-access and area denial capabilities—broadly understood as military forces arrayed to complicate or deny U.S. military operations in Asian waters.
The Russian Navy 'Rebalances' to Mediterranean | by Thomas Fedyszyn
Amidst the flurry of diplomatic and political activity accompanying the Syrian crisis, the Russian Navy made a series of pronouncements, declaring on consecutive days that at least four warships, a spy ship, and a repair ship located at Tartus, Syria, would join other units of Russia’s new permanent Mediterranean Task Force.
China Launches Moon Rover Mission | quotes Joan Johnson-Freese
The New York Times
“If it’s all successful, it will certainly indicate that they have really come up the learning curve in terms of technology,” said Joan Johnson-Freese, a professor of national security affairs at the United States Naval War College in Rhode Island who researches China’s space activities.
London murderers must be spared no mercy | by Hayat Alvi
“Mr. Adebolajo carried a cleaver in his right hand and knelt down and took hold of the soldier by the hair, hacking at the right side of his neck just below the jaw line, the prosecutor said. An eyewitness described three blows. Another witness, Gary Perkins, described the defendant's actions as being ‘like a butcher attacking a joint of meat,’ the prosecutor said. At the same time, Mr. Whittam said, Mr. Adebowale ‘was using a knife to stab and cut at the soldier's body’” (BBC News Nov. 29).
The merger of jihad franchises in Syria: A war of Islamisms | by Hayat Alvi
The Jerusalem Post
Meanwhile, jihadist rebel groups have been fighting against the secular or more moderate Free Syrian Army forces, as well as against Syrian Kurds. Now a group of Islamic rebel forces has announced a merger: “A statement posted online said Ahrar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam, Suqour al-Sham, Liwa al-Tawhid, Liwa al-Haqq, Ansar al-Sham and the Kurdish Islamic Front had agreed to a ‘gradual merger.’
China's navy breaks out to the high seas | quotes James Holmes
"China and Japan have to come to terms with the fact that their militaries will operate in close proximity to each other," says James Holmes, a maritime strategist at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and a former U.S. Navy surface warfare officer. "Geography compels them to do so."
An Ethical Nuclear Posture for the 21st Century? | by Nikolas Gvosdev
In July, at the first session of a colloquium co-sponsored by the Naval War College and Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and held in Newport, questions about the ethics of nuclear proliferation and deterrence were discussed—with some of the arguments subsequently appearing in Ethics & International Affairs.
China aims for the Moon | quotes Joan Johnson-Freese
China’s plans are notable for their long-term outlook — not so easy to implement in a democracy — and for proceeding incrementally, says Joan Johnson-Freese, an analyst at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. “They have a long laid-out programme of very careful steps, but they are taking bigger steps with each flight,” she says.
Is the Sky Really Falling? | quotes Peter Dombrowski
As Peter Dombrowski of the Naval War College put it, "There's always somewhere where there is a permeable barrier between defense and commercial" when you look at an aircraft, ship, tank, or missile.
China's Air Defense Zone Rattles Japan, US | quotes Peter Dutton
The list does not distinguish between commercial and military aircraft, said Peter Dutton, an ADIZ expert and director of the China Maritime Studies Institute, US Naval War College.
“The failure to distinguish is a concern to the US,” he said.
China, Others Made Space Progress Despite ITAR | quotes Joan Johnson-Freese
ITAR “has not worked and it is counterproductive,” says Joan Johnson-Freese, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and long-time critic of the trade regime. “The rest of the world is perfectly willing to work with China, and China has advanced relatively far indigenously. What they cannot do, they can buy.”
Taipei Conference Examines Evolving Chinese Strategic Doctrine | quotes Andrew Erickson
Erickson said China is now capable of deploying anti-ship cruise missiles from air, land and sea platforms. These will challenge US Navy ships, particularly in an effort to overwhelm the Aegis Combat System on US destroyers.
“China views large-scale saturation attacks as the best way to overwhelm missile defense systems, such as Aegis.”
China’s Far Seas 'Five-Year Plan' | by Andrew Erickson
Council on Foreign Relations
Given its historical significance and implications for domestic and global markets, the Chinese Communist Party’s recently concluded third plenum of the Eighteenth Central Committee has unsurprisingly shifted the focus of domestic and foreign audiences to China’s economy.