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China’s Xi Leadership Rreshuffle Revealed: Meet The Pair Poised To Become Two Of China’s Most Powerful Men Xi Jinping’s leadership reshuffle revealed: meet the pair poised to become two of China’s most powerful men Key ally Li Zhanshu in line to become head of National People’s Congress, while Zhao Leji is set to succeed Wang Qishan as anti-corruption tsar PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 October, 2017, 11:23am UPDATED : Thursday, 19 October, […]

Russia Launches ICBM at INF Range, But It’s No INF Violation

Comment from a follower:  “Whether or not the specific launch is a violation of New START is beside the point; Russia could accumulate a stock of “ICBMs” and employ them at intermediate ranges during a security crisis in Europe, East Asia, or the Middle East.  Because of US compliance with the INF Treaty we would […]

A Russian Ghost Submarine, Its U.S. Pursuers And A Deadly New Cold War

The comments below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, David Maxwell Comment:  Dust off the Hunt for Red October (one of my favorite books by the way).   David Maxwell:  I received the below comments from  Professor Tom McNaugher when he flagged […]

Arctic Link Reveals The Full Scope & Strategic Significance Of China’s Belt And Road Ambitions

Comment below is from one of my followers.  And, Beijing is also building an ‘unhackable’ encrypted communications in space.  RCP RC:   “The strategic significance of the Chinese One-Belt-One-Road concept is almost entirely ignored by the DoD/USG.  At the 19th CPC Congress last week, the Chinese formalized the incorporation of the Arctic region in their OBOR concept […]

If Kim Jong-un Suddenly Dies, Don’t Ask Me About It, Says CIA chief

Excerpts: “With respect to … if Kim Jong-un should vanish, given the history of the CIA, I’m just not going to talk about it,” the CIA director said on Thursday, when asked what would happen if Kim suddenly died.   “Someone might think there was a coincidence. ‘You know, there was an accident.’ It’s just […]

After Six Tests, The Mountain Hosting North Korea’s Nuclear Blasts May Be Exhausted

After six tests, the mountain hosting North Korea’s nuclear blasts may be exhausted By Anna Fifield, View Original October 20th, 2017 Portals at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site.Photo by: Courtesy of 38 North/Airbus Defense & Space/Spot Image/Courtesy of 38 North/Airbus Defense & Space/Spot Image TOKYO — Have North Korea’s nuclear tests become so big that they’ve […]

Xi Offers Bold Vision For PLA At 19th Party Congress Xi offers bold vision for PLA at 19th Party Congress This week’s policy announcements by Xi Jinping are part of a concerted effort by China to shape the PLA into a world-class force. Encompassing a modernisation drive, a major force restructure and an anti-corruption programme, the reforms are as wide-ranging as they are bold, […]

Army Preps For Underground & Urban Warfare On Korean Peninsula

The comments highlighted in blue below are/by Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom this page.  RCP, David Maxwell Comment:  I suppose you could consider north Korea a “target rich” environment with some 5000 underground facilities.  Just take a moment and think the about scale of the problem and […]

Solving The Siege Of Seoul | RealClearDefense

The comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, David Maxwell Comment:  The tyranny of proximity.  I do not think the author has ever experienced Korea Chuseok or the lunar New Year’s holiday to see what the “evacuation” of […]

Thoughts On Strategy For The Korean Peninsula

David Maxwell’s remarks last week at the Institute for Korean-American Studies (ICAS) conference on The Korean Peninsula Issues and United States National Security.  His contact info is at the bottom of this article. Thoughts on Strategy for the Korean PeninsulaDavid S.Maxwell Georgetown University Let me just begin with a few framing remarks: We have successfully […]