Tag: Security

Australia Must Do More To Counter China’s Military Before It’s Too Late

Key point: For the first time since World War II, a major power is deploying military capabilities which could do us harm in our region of primary strategic concern. Two important military developments recently should give China pause for thought. The first one is the announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison of a $1.1 billion upgrade to the Royal Australian Air Force base at Tindal, which is about 300 kilometres south of Darwin, to lengthen the runway so that US B-52 strategic bombers as well as our own KC-30 air-to-air refuelling aircraft can operate from there. The second development is ... Read more

The military must balance national security risks with the health of its troops

With the services on track to report more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 by the end of the week, military senior leadership is looking at a tough choice. They can ramp down some missions in an attempt to stem the spread of coronavirus throughout the ranks and sacrifice both short- and long-term readiness. Or, they can push ahead knowing that it could take longer for the infection rate to peter out ― and possibly cost more lives ― but having preserved national security to the fullest extent possible. Those questions are part of the ongoing discussions at the highest levels ... Read more

National Security in the Age of Pandemics

We cannot reduce the danger and damage of the next pandemic by merely adding it to the ever-expanding laundry list of missions we expect the military to handle. For the first time since World War II, an adversary managed to knock a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier out of service. Only this time the enemy was a virus, not a nation-state. The fact that we ‘lost’ the ultimate symbol of American military power to an invisible opponent should send shock waves through the national security community, because in its race to prepare the country for renewed great power competition with Russia ... Read more

Tech leaders highlight military AI and 5G investments they call essential to U.S economy and national security

Some of the biggest names in AI at companies like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are making recommendations about how the U.S. military and federal government should fund 5G adoption and AI initiatives as part of the forward-looking work of the National Security Council on AI (NSCAI). The NSCAI gives a select group of tech executives agency to make recommendations with the power to affect not just military policy, but, with public-private partnerships, their own businesses as well. Congress formed the independent NSCAI Commission as part of the 2019 military budget to advise on matters at the intersection of AI and ... Read more

The military will be ready for the challenge of the coronavirus era

As the coronavirus spreads across the land, it is important to ask, how is the United States military doing with this crisis? Is there any looming gap in readiness that could lead to a weakening of deterrence against potential adversaries around the world? Fortunately, the answer to date should be reassuring, and we need to trumpet this message lest an adventurous foe in Pyongyang or Moscow or elsewhere gets the wrong idea. A good place to start is with the famous curves showing rates of infection over time for the United States population. The baseline trend shows the virus peaking ... Read more

US Orders 78 New F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters – The Diplomat

Asia Defense | Security Lockheed Martin was awarded $4.7 billion to build 78 new F-35 fifth-generation combat aircraft. Advertisement Lockheed Martin was awarded a $4.7 billion contract modification for 78 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, according to a March 31 contract announcement by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The contract includes 48 conventional takeoff and landing F-35As for the US Air Force, 14 short take-off and vertical landing F-35Bs for the Marine Corps, and 16 carrier-borne F-35C stealth fighters. Work is expected to be complete by March 2023, according to the DoD statement. In a separate contract last month, Lockheed Martin ... Read more

Russia Offers India Three Refurbished Kilo-Class Submarines – The Diplomat

Asia Defense | Security | South Asia The Indian Navy is reportedly considering three refurbished Kilo-class boats from Russia. Advertisement The Indian Navy is considering an offer by Russia’s state-owned JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) for three refurbished Kilo-class submarines to augment its shortfall in diesel-electric submarines (SSKs), according to local media reports. USC reportedly offered a $1.8-2 billion “three plus three” package that would include upgrade work on three Indian Navy Sindhughosh Kilo (Project 877EKM)-class SSKs with an additional three refurbished Russian Navy Kilo-class hulls. The possible defense deal was expected to be raised at a meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military and ... Read more

Indonesia Is Reconsidering Contract With South Korea for 3 Diesel-Electric Submarines – The Diplomat

Asia Defense | Security | Southeast Asia The Indonesian government is considering cancelling a contract with South Korea for three Nagapasa-class diesel-electric attack subs. Advertisement The Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD) is reportedly reconsidering an estimated $900 million contract with South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) for a second batch of three Type 209/1400 Nagapasa-class (Chang Bogo-class) diesel-electric attack submarines (SSK) for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut), Jane’s reports on April 1. The principal reason behind the MoD’s move to reevaluate the contract is to reportedly reduce defense expenditure amid expectations of shrinking defense budgets in coming years. Two ... Read more

Japan Rejects Lockheed Martin Plans for Next-Generation Fighter Aircraft – The Diplomat

Asia Defense | Politics | Security | East Asia The Japanese Ministry of Defense has rejected proposals by foreign manufacturers to develop a new fighter aircraft, according to a government spokesperson. Advertisement Japan has rejected proposals by foreign aircraft manufacturers, including Lockheed Martin, to develop a next-generation combat aircraft under the F-X future fighter program, according to a spokesperson of the Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA). “Based on previous discussions, the option of ‘developing derivatives of existing fighters’ cannot be a candidate from the perspective of a Japan-led development, and the MoD has come to the conclusion that we will develop ... Read more

Watch Asia’s Security Flashpoints Closely Amid the Coronavirus Challenge – The Diplomat

Asia Defense | Diplomacy | Security | East Asia | South Asia | Southeast Asia Managing Asia’s key flashpoints could prove challenging – in some senses even more so – as governments are managing the continued fallout from COVID-19. Advertisement A series of developments in recent weeks across Asia’s key security flashpoints reinforces an important reality: Even as key regional governments are understandably consumed by the global coronavirus pandemic which ought to foster a more collaborative environment, managing key conflicts and tensions is likely to continue to prove challenging and at times even more so in the coming months. While Asia has seen so-called “long peace” since 1979 – a ... Read more