Category Asia/Pacific Pivot

China Proposes Halt To U.S. Military Exercises In South Korea: Beijing Brokering ‘Dual Suspension’ Of U.S. War Games & Nuke Missile Tests By Pyongyang China Proposes Halt to U.S. Military Exercises in South Korea at Talks Beijing brokering ‘dual suspension’ of U.S. war games and nuclear, missile tests by Pyongyang US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is followed by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to conduct a two question press conference after meeting with Chinese State […]

Defense Strategy And The Iron Triangle Of Painful Tradeoffs

Excerpts: unavoidable iron triangle of painful tradeoffs (hereafter ITPT)   A defense strategy is an approach that ties together the goals, approaches, and resources (people, technology, dollars, etc.) that can best advance priority interests by exploiting opportunities and overcoming challenges. It must account for, and in some cases seek to shape, a complex and dynamic […]

The Emerging Trump Doctrine Of Strategic Savvy The Emerging Trump Doctrine Of Strategic Savvy By Jiri Valenta and Leni Friedman Valenta   June 17, 2017 FacebookTwitterPrintEmailMore President Donald J. Trump departs from the Pentagon alongside Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Jan. 27, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr) BESA Center Perspectives Paper […]

Imitation Is The Highest Form Of Flattery (China): Russia Could Turn Kurils’ Mantua Island Into Fortress To Defend Borey Class Subs

06/08/2017 Russia: RF Could Turn Kurils’ Mantua Island Into Fortress To Defend Borey Class Subs Moscow Svobodnaya Pressa in Russian 08 Jun 17 [Sergey Ishchenko report: “Kurils’ Mantua Fortress Will Cover Kamchatka Boreys; Russian Federation is Converting Former Japanese Military Base Into a ‘Restricted Access Zone for American Tomahawks”] A second Russian Federation Defense Ministry […]

PRC: China’s Navy Commander Meets U.S. Commander, Calls On U.S. To Stop Close Reconnaissance Of China

Shocking!   This is what Strategic Patience, a failure to follow through on a Syrian Red Line, and an over-emphasis on global climate change has brought us.  Thank goodness Strategic Patience has been relegated to the dustbin of history.  A policy only Neville Chamberlain could love. Our Pacific allies and Russia…..will be watching how this […]

North Korea Is Sitting On Trillions Of Dollars Of Untapped Wealth, And Its Neighbors Want In

North Korea Is Sitting On Trillions Of Dollars Of Untapped Wealth, And Its Neighbors Want In By Steve Mollman, View Original June 16th, 2017 Plenty more where this came from.Photo by: (Reuters/Yuri Maltsev) Few think of North Korea as being a prosperous nation. But it is rich in one regard: mineral resources. Currently North Korea is […]

Xi Jinping’s Marco Polo Strategy: By Joseph S. Nye

Xi Jinping’s Marco Polo Strategy · by Joseph S. Nye · June 12, 2017 CAMBRIDGE – Last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a heavily orchestrated “Belt and Road” forum in Beijing. The two-day event attracted 29 heads of state, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin, and 1,200 delegates from over 100 countries. Xi called China’s Belt and […]

The Trump Budget Still Shortchanges The Military: By HASC Chairman, (Rep./Texas) Mac Thornberry

     Now we can more fully understand why the FY18 NDAA signed out by Rep. Thornberry over the weekend was annotated to reflect the NDAA was being published/released “By Request,” which meant that it did not yet have the backing of the Chairman of the HASC.  The below makes clear where the HASC Chair […]

How Big A Threat Is Extremism In Southeast Asia?

How Big A Threat Is Extremism In Southeast Asia? By Ashley Westerman, View Original June 11th, 2017 A recent string of violent episodes in Southeast Asian countries sheds some light on the challenges facing this region as it grapples with extremism. In Indonesia last month, two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a Jakarta bus station. […]

Strategic Planning In China’s Military: Which Organizations Are Responsible For The PLA’s High-Level Thinking On Reform & Innovation

Strategic Planning in China’s Military Which organizations are responsible for the PLA’s high-level thinking on reform and innovation? By Elsa B. Kania June 07, 2017 As the China’s next national defense white paper should be forthcoming this summer, the Central Military Commission’s Strategic Planning Office, an organization that may play a critical role in […]