Knowing You Better and Liking You Less: South Korea and China

04/13/2012
A key element of the evolving Asian situation is the relationships among the Asians themselves which has little to do with the United States.  Unfortunately, Inside the Beltway usually debates the US approach to China as if it is the only or even key definer of reality in the Pacific. …

31st MEU Embarks to Cobra Gold 2012

01/29/2012
01/28/2012:  While the USN-USMC team are starting the Bold Alligator Exercise 2012, 7850 miles away the Marines and Sailors with 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, load equipment and themselves aboard ships from Amphibious Squadron 11 to begin their deployment to Kingdom of Thailand. The unit will execute Cobra Gold 2012, a…

Pacific Strategy XV: Basing the Honeycomb

10/28/2011
10/27/2011 - A key element of understanding a scalable presence strategy is basing.  Basing of the force in the Pacific is a function of several key capabilities: Sebasing; Partners and Allies Connected Capabilities; The F-35 and Re-crafting Land Basing Presence is rooted in basing; scalability is inherently doable because of…

Pacific Strategy XIII: Re-Working South Korean Defense

10/27/2011
10/27/2011 - In our discussions at USMC Yuma Air Station with MAWTS, one issue analyzed was the impact of the first 4-6 F-35Bs on the first operations of the Amphibious Ready Group.  This has naturally led us to look at the same sort of question for the CVN and for…

Ambassador Glassman on: Japan and Defense Modernization: Critical Catalyst for Regional Stability and Recovery

09/22/2009
[caption id="attachment_537" align="alignleft" width="137" caption="Ambassador Jon Glassman"][/caption] Ambassador Glassman addresses the important question of how the new governments of the industrial democracies will address defense modernization. The global economic crisis could lead to a significant reduction in the capability of these democracies to defend themselves and their interests. Short-sided economic…