Italy, France and the Chinese-European Relationship

03/28/2019
While the EU puts together an initial response to the challenge of Chinese investments and infrastructure ownership in Europe, Italy and France this week signaled sovereign decisions to shape their own approaches within the evolving context. Two articles in the EUObserver published this week provide insights into the priorities of…

China’s Regional Bomber and its Potential Impact

03/23/2019
By James Bosbotinis The US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) published an unclassified assessment of Chinese military developments on 15 January 2019. The report, China Military Power: Modernizing a Force to Fight and Win, disclosed that China is developing ‘new medium- and long-range stealth bombers to strike regional and global targets’, thus confirming long-standing…

Lessons from the 1980s: Dealing with the Russian Challenge in the 21st Century

03/21/2019
By Robbin Laird I am writing a three-part series to deal with some lessons learned from the 1980s which provided some insights with the current challenge of dealing with Russia. The Cold War is over; but the Russians are back. This is NOT the Cold War; and we do not…

Finland Works Naval Modernization: Corvettes in Support of National Air Defense

03/18/2019
The Finns are in the process of acquiring four new corvettes equipped to contribute to their national air defense capabilities. They are in the process of acquiring and equipping four new corvettes in this role. The Pohjanmaa-class corvette is a class of general-purpose surface combatants currently under development for the Finnish Navy as part…

A Five Year Anniversary: Russia Changes the Game in Europe

03/17/2019
Recently, the Norwegian government reminded us of the anniversary of the new phase of European development. Five years have passed since Russia illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol on 18 March 2014. This act was a serious violation of international law and a challenge to the established international order. Norway therefore…

New Report: Would You Actually Like to Kill Hypersonic Cruise Missiles Rather than Just See the Attack from Space

03/17/2019
It is not just about getting better intelligence through space-based systems to have an historical record of what killed you. It is about the kill web executing the kill function. This report focuses on the way ahead now and for the five year period ahead. The future is now; the…

The Future is Now: The US Navy, the Kill Web and Dealing with Putin’s Challenge

03/15/2019
By Ed Timperlake President Putin has just given all in America a wakeup call, but  to the Russian Military everlasting regret if combat ever breaks out  the US Navy is always ready-NOW.  Over fifty years ago, 1965, in Bancroft Hall at the United States Naval Academy, Plebes (freshmen) were required…