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US and allies outgunned in South China Sea

Three books published this year contemplate Asia’s most vexing problem. Taken together, they provide a thorough understanding of the contest in the South China Sea. Still, they leave the reader with one large puzzle....

Navy’s LCS Tests Counter-Mine, Anti-Submarine Technology

The Littoral Combat Ship recently searched for submarines and sailed through a dummy mine-field off the coast of San Diego, Calif., to assess whether the vessel’s anti-submarine and mine-countermeasure technologies could find enemy submarines...

NATO Chief Vows Afghan Support as Combat Mission Ends

NATO’s new chief Jens Stoltenberg pledged Thursday that Afghanistan would not be abandoned when the alliance’s combat mission ends next month after 13 years of fighting against resilient Taliban insurgents. …read more

Officials: US Could Delay Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

US commanders are weighing a delay in the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan after the country’s protracted election set back preparations for the transition, Washington defense officials said Wednesday. …read more

When Gough didn’t ‘crash through or crash’

Here’s a question for readers of The Strategist who’ve been fascinated by the last fortnight of reflections on Gough Whitlam’s legacy. What’s the major area of policy, front and centre in today’s political debate,...

Problems with the Pacific Index

The Pacific Islands region faces complex, and in some instances unique, development challenges. The small size of most of the island states, long distance to major regional markets, bilateral engagement from only a handful...

Contract Euphoria

Vadim Koval offered words of caution and perspective on contract service in an October 31 NVO op-ed. Until 2012 or so, the retired colonel was the official spokesman for the RVSN. Koval suggests you...

Presentation of YES 2014 in Vienna

Hosted by the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, the European Union Institute for Security Studies presented its Yearbook of European of European Security 2014 (YES) on 6 November in the Austrian capital. Following introductory remarks...

Presentation of YES 2014 in Vienna

Hosted by the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, the European Union Institute for Security Studies presented its Yearbook of European of European Security 2014 (YES) on 6 November in the Austrian capital. Following introductory remarks...

German MoD Works to Overhaul Image

The German Cabinet has approved a draft bill of measures aimed at making the military one of the country’s best employers. …read more

Open for Innovation

The pursuit of intellectual property rights in weapons buying cannot focus solely on today’s price. About a year ago, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Al Shaffer offered some views about the...

China’s overseas basing strategy

‘Will China’s growing global economic interests lead it to expand its overseas military presence and capabilities?’ This is a question that has been asked by policymakers, academics and strategists since China’s economic growth became...

Cryptomarkets: illicit goods on the darknet

In October 2013 the FBI was celebrating the arrest of Ross Ulbricht, aka ‘The Dread Pirate Roberts’ and the takedown of his online marketplace ‘Silk Road’. He was believed to have amassed in the...

Uighur refugees in Southeast Asia stoke Chinese worries

In recent years, growing domestic Uighur unrest has led to a rising threat to China’s national security and internal stability. For Beijing, the foreign policy dimension of the Uighur issue has manifested in two...

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