Category Asia/Pacific Pivot

U.S. War Ship Nears Chinese Island In First Navigation Challenge Under Trump

U.S. War Ship Nears Chinese Island In First Navigation Challenge Under Trump: report By Max Greenwood, thehill.com View Original May 24th, 2017 A United States Navy war ship neared an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea on Wednesday in the first U.S. freedom of navigation operation under the Trump administration, the Wall Street Journal reported. […]

Chinese Cyber-Spies Target Asian Neighbors

https://www.thecipherbrief.com/article/tech/chinese-cyber-spies-target-asian-neighbors-1092?utm_source=Join+the+Community+Subscribers&utm_campaign=bda0940b6a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_02cbee778d-bda0940b6a-122500693 EXPERT COMMENTARY Chinese Cyber-Spies Target Asian Neighbors MAY 21, 2017 | JOHN HULTQUIST The Newsletter Get exclusive analysis delivered to your inbox daily. SUBSCRIBE NOW JOHN HULTQUIST MANAGER OF ANALYSIS, FIREEYE It has been three years since the Obama Administration publically indicted five Chinese military officials for hacking U.S. companies, a move that prompted negotiations to […]

Chinese Defense Adviser Says Djibouti Naval Facility Is A Much-Needed ‘Military Base’

Chinese Defense Adviser Says Djibouti Naval Facility Is A Much-Needed ‘Military Base’ By Minnie Chan, www.scmp.com View Original May 13th, 2017 An influential Chinese defence adviser explicitly called the navy installation China is establishing in the East African country of Djibouti a “military base” and said China will need more facilities like it to protect the nation’s […]

North Korea’s Latest Missile Test: Advancing Towards An Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) While Avoiding U.S. Military Action

Excerpt/Takeaway   What would change the strategic balance is an ICBM capable of reaching the US mainland. This is not that missile but it might be a testbed, demonstrating technologies and systems to be used in future ICBMs like the KN-08 and KN-14. A full three-stage KN-08 would be very unlikely to work the first […]

Not Lost In Translation: South Korea Elects Liberal President Who Favors Talks With North Korea; Pyongyang Responds By Conducting New Ballistic Missile Test

Not Lost In Translation:  South Korea Elects Liberal President Who Favors Talks With North Korea; Pyongyang Responds By Conducting New Ballistic Missile Test  http://www.fortunascorner.com      Fox News and the South China Morning Post are reporting this evening that North Korea has conducted a new, and sixth ballistic missile test — in a defiant reaction to […]

New Leaders For U.S. Pacific Commands

David Maxwell:  History made at both SOCPAC and PACOM for special operations general officers. New Leaders For Pacific Commands Star-Advertiser · May 13, 2017 Hawaii News DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM Special Operations Command Pacific welcomed a new commander in a change-of-command ceremony outside Camp H.M. Smith on Friday, with Army Maj. Gen. Bryan P. Fenton relinquishing […]

Why North Korea Can Unite Russia And Japan

Why North Korea Can Unite Russia And Japan (Op-ed) The economy and concerns over North Korea will bring Russia and Japan closer May 11, 2017 — 19:00 — Update: May. 11 2017 — 18:15 By Dmitry Streltsov 146 shares facebook twitter e-mail Most Read Russia Why Does Russia Loathe Its ‘Old, Fat and Ugly’? Russia […]

The Return of Marco Polo’s World And The U.S. Military Response

Very looooong essay/article.  But, if you have the time and inclination, it is rich and interesting, with much to think about.  RCP Dave Maxwell:   Below is the text of Robert Kaplan’s long essay.  The original with graphics, photos, and citations can be read at this link:  http://stories.cnas.org/the-return-of-marco-polos-world-and-the-u-s-military-response. We should read, ponder, and discuss this […]

North Korea Has A Prison Full Of Western’Hostages, Including A Number Of Americans — Says Warns Former Captive And Canadian Security Consultant; – Canadians, Americans, & Europeans Are Among Hostages Being Held In The Hermit Kingdom

North Korea Has A Prison Full Of Western’Hostages, Including A Number Of Americans — Says Warns Former Captive And Canadian Security Consultant; – Canadians, Americans, & Europeans Are Among Hostages Being Held In The Hermit Kingdom     www.fortunasacorner.com        Julian Robinson writes on the Daily Mail Online’s May 12, 2017 website, that […]

A Series Of Articles On U.S. Special Forces Detachment Korea — Small Unit/Numbers, Big Impact

The comments in blue below, are from/by David Maxwell and his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP David Maxwell:  Few people realize the work that this very small Detachment has done or the impact it has had.  It truly has had strategic impact over the past 50 plus years.  If the […]