A Japanese ASW Task Force Ventures Into the South China Sea

09/20/2018
The Japanese Self Defense force rarely mentions the operations of their submarines, short of participating in an exercise with the United States. But in a recent announcement by the Japanese, they highlighted that the Kuroshio, the helicopter carrier Kaga and two other destroyers, the Inazuma and Suzutsuki, conducted an antisubmarine…

Europe in the Throes of Change: A Perspective from the Italian Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Defense of Rome

09/15/2018
Clearly, Europe is in the throes of fundamental change. Clusters of states such as the Northern European states are sorting out paths forward within an evolving European context, while Brexit and the crisis of integration of Europe along the lines set in the 1990s atrophies. Clearly, a new nationalism has…

The Indian-US Defense Partnership: New Steps Forward

09/11/2018
By Richard Weitz The inaugural meeting of the U.S.-India ‘two-plus-two’format that met on September 6, 2018 in New Delhi made substantial progress in deepening and broadening the bilateral defense relationship. Now the challenge is to seize the opportunities generated by the new format. The September 6 meeting brought together Indian…

Finland to Participate in Red Flag Exercise for the First Time

09/02/2018
The Finnish Air Force will participate for the first time in a Red Flag exercise held by the United States Air Force in Alaska from 4 to 19 October 2018. Finland will deploy six F/A-18 Hornet multirole fighters to the exercise. The Finnish detachment consisting of around 70 personnel at…

Brexit in Limbo: Summer Time with Boris and Jeremy

08/24/2018
By Kenneth Maxwell It is summer time in the UK. The politicians are away from Westminster but political intrigue remains at fever pitch. The fixation continues to be Brexit. The deadline for the UK exiting the European Community is fast approaching. But the Conservatives and the Labour Party are deeply…

Australia Builds Out Its Alliance Relationships With Shipbuilding Deals

08/24/2018
By Robbin Laird Research Fellow, The Williams Foundation Canberra, Australia As the Chinese challenge grows, Australia is clearly concerned about expanded Chinese influence within Australia and with regard to Chinese efforts to reshape the external environment to expand the influence and power of the Chinese authoritarian state. Clearly the United…

The SCALP Missile for Egypt: The ITAR Barrier

08/11/2018
By defenceWeb France is looking for a way around the United States’ blocking of Scalp cruise missile technology for Egypt, and is exploring the possibility of replacing American components with alternatives so it can deliver the missiles as well as additional Rafale fighters to Egypt. French Defence Minister Florence Parly…