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China’s Ambitious Space Programs Raise Red Flags
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China’s Ambitious Space Programs Raise Red Flags

China is making progress with several space-related initiatives that are becoming a growing concern for the United States and its allies. Pentagon officials have grown increasingly worried in recent years about the vulnerability of spacecraft to anti-satellite weapons as Beijing’s space programs continue to mature. By Mandy Mayfield* China recently designated space as a military domain,...

Does America need hypersonic missiles? Maybe not.
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Does America need hypersonic missiles? Maybe not.

Here’s What You Need to Remember: Instead of hypersonic missiles, the Army should consider developing a stealthy ground-launched cruise missile that can be destroy ships, surface-to-air missile batteries, and command centers By Michael Peck* Does the U.S. Army really need to develop hypersonic missiles? One expert has – gasp – dared to suggest that the Army shouldn’t jump on the...

The South China Sea Reveals China’s Grand Strategy
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The South China Sea Reveals China’s Grand Strategy

To understand China’s grand strategy, particularly Xi’s long-term game, one needs to understand Beijing’s belligerence in the South China Sea. By Akshobh Giridharadas* Fire and water are juxtaposed in the phraseology of elements, but Robert Kaplan’s book Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific alludes to how a large water body...

America’s military needs a digital defense upgrade
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America’s military needs a digital defense upgrade

Early on in my Navy career, I learned firsthand about the critical importance of protecting sensitive information in a challenging security environment. By Frank Ponds* While assigned to the staff of then-Amphibious Force, Seventh Fleet (CTF-76),I had the unique opportunity to visit Shanghai, China as a member of the advance team in preparation for a goodwill...

Winning without war: Chinese supremacy in global supply chains
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Winning without war: Chinese supremacy in global supply chains

China seeks to win on a battlefield more discrete but as consequential to American interests: Supply chains. By Evan Hanson*  Since the end of World War II, technological superiority has been the cornerstone of American military strategy. Over the past 80 years, the U.S. restrained the all-out world war conflict of the twentieth century with...

Hypersonic Missiles: A New Arms Race
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Hypersonic Missiles: A New Arms Race

China, Russia and the United States are all pursuing hypersonic weapons technologies, setting the stage for an arms race. By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan* The Biden administration is making a big push for hypersonic-related research funding in the fiscal year 2022 budget. The administration has requested $3.8 billion, almost 20 percent more than the Trump administration’s allocation...

China building formidable amphibious fleet
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China building formidable amphibious fleet

China is bulking up its fleet of amphibious vessels as it embarks on a major naval modernization program to enhance its ability to conduct operations globally. The nation’s new platforms include its Yuzhao Type 071 amphibious ship and the Yushen-class Type 075 amphibious assault ship. By Yasmin Tadjdeh* Investment in amphibious vessels by the People’s Liberation...

China’s “offensive deterrence” and avoiding war
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China’s “offensive deterrence” and avoiding war

Avoiding conflict with China will require a much deeper understanding of how its rulers and military planners view deterrence and coercion, warns a new ASPI report. By Brendan Nicholson* To deter the PRC … is written by Lieutenant Colonel Kyle Marcrum, a United States Army foreign area officer specialising in China and Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney, director...

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