Category Asia/Pacific Pivot

The Real North Korean Missile Crisis Is Coming

http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/michael-j-totten/real-north-korean-missile-crisis-coming?utm_source=World+Affairs+Newsletter&utm_campaign=22b240f787-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_04_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f83b38c5c7-22b240f787-294664345 The Real North Korean Missile Crisis Is Coming 19 April 2017 North Korea makes the Middle East look like a walk. Firing 59 Tomahawk missiles from warships in the Eastern Mediterranean at Bashar al-Assad’s Al-Shayrat airbase in Syria was not a big deal. Assad can’t strike back. Not at the United States, anyway. But […]

Is North Korea Working Toward A ‘Carrier-Killer’ Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile?

If they are, it may be a joint project with Tehran.  The Iranians may well be funding this research and development — if it is ongoing — and, Tehran may have even provided some of the R&D money to get this effort going.  RCP Is North Korea Working Toward A ‘Carrier-Killer’ Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile? Say […]

Sound And Fury: By Max Boot

Sound And Fury By Max Boot, www.nytimes.com View Original April 14th, 2017 When I read of the United States forces’ dropping of the second-largest non-nuclear explosive in their arsenal — the 21,000-pound GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) — in eastern Afghanistan, I am reminded of what John Paul Vann, the legendary Army officer and civilian adviser […]

China And North Korea’s Nukes

Excerpts: Fifth, and this is the only “good news,” the General concluded it is unclear whether at this time the North Korean government can effectively “mate” a nuclear warhead with a ballistic missile.   However, as General Hyten also explained, that uncertainty gives him limited flexibility. He notes that every time the North Korean’s launch […]

China Threatens To Bomb North Korea’s Nuclear Facilities If It Crosses Beijing’s “Bottom Line”

Comments highlighted below in blue are by David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this article.  RCP David Maxwell:  It would be something if China had a “bottom line” on the north Korea situation.   Disinformation?  Someone China get out ahead of themselves?  Note that the editorial has been taken down […]

What If America Assassinated Kim Jong-un?

The comments below, highlighted in blue are by Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell & his contact info is at the bottom of this article.  RCP Dave maxwell:  Easier said than done. And as the author notes there is no way to ensure a favorable outcome.  I would just like to see an answer to the question […]

The Relationship Between Third Offset Strategy And Multi-Domain Battle

http://www.c4isrnet.com/articles/the-relationship-between-third-offset-strategy-and-multi-domain-battle?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB 04.10.2017&utm_term=Editorial – Early Bird Brief The Relationship Between Third Offset Strategy And Multi-Domain Battle By: Mark Pomerleau, April 7, 2017 (Photo Credit: DARPA) The nature of war is not changing but rather the character of war is with social media, cyber operations, information operations and small commercially available unmanned aerial vehicles, which all lead to an increasingly […]

Chinese Shipping Giants Seek Control Of ‘Maritime Silk Road;’ Investing Billions In Foreign Ports To Give Priority To Chinese Vessels

Following Mahan’s playbook?  RCP https://www.wsj.com/articles/chinese-shipping-giants-seek-control-of-maritime-silk-road-1491557405 Chinese Shipping Giants Seek Control of ‘Maritime Silk Road’ Companies Investing Billions In Ports To Give Priority To Chinese Vessels     Chinese President Xi Jinping (L, front) and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa at a 2014 ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the inauguration of the Colombo Port City Project. PHOTO: LI TAO/ZUMA […]

Duterte Orders Philippine Troops To South China Sea Reefs

Duterte Orders Philippine Troops To South China Sea Reefs  https://www.yahoo.com/news/duterte-orders-philippine-troops-south-china-sea-reefs-083018974.html   AFPApril 6, 2017 View photos Duterte has previously sought to improve his nation’s relations with China by adopting a non-confrontational approach over their competing claims in the strategically vital waters (AFP Photo/TED ALJIBE) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he has ordered troops to […]

Will America Help The Philippines In Scarborough Shoal?

      Perhaps; but, what would Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, and most of all,,,,,,China take away from a U.S. that is agnostic on the Shoal?  Beijing is already feeling emboldened no doubt by their successful establishment and subsequent militarization of their artificial islands in the South China Sea.  RCP, www.fortunascorner.com Excerpts: Nonetheless, one […]