Full spectrum anti-theater missile warfare

A Virginia class attack submarine
A Virginia class attack submarine

By Jonathan Soloman

MY RECENT post on how to counter Chinese anti-shipping capabilities between the First and Second Island Chains was heavily influenced by CAPT William Toti’s seminal article in last June’s Naval Institute Proceedings on the need to tackle anti-submarine warfare from a theater-wide, threat-tailored, combined arms campaign construct. If you haven’t read his article (which is outside the paywall), do so. It is a foundational work.Continue reading

World Naval Developments — May 2015

Ohio-class submarine launches Trident ICBMs. US Navy graphic
Ohio-class submarine launches Trident ICBMs. US Navy graphic
By Norman Friedman*

IN MAY Japan held its first-ever defense show, in Yokohama. The show coincided with an attempt by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to modify Japanese laws so that the Japanese military (the Self-Defense Force) can join fully in collective defense, meaning that Japanese forces can, for example, join US forces under attack in Asian seas. Current law would forbid such action. Continue reading

French Navy to base next generation multi-role vessel at La Réunion

B2M D'Entrecasteaux in Concarneau before her launch, in May 2015.
B2M D’Entrecasteaux in Concarneau before her launch, in May 2015.
By Leighton G. Luke*
IN STATIONING a new generation multi-role vessel at La Réunion when it enters into service in 2017, France has signalled its continuing commitment to the Indian Ocean Region with a vessel that will significantly aid the capabilities of the Marine Nationale in the south-western Indian Ocean. Continue reading

Cooperative strategy: a view from Germany

The German navy frigate FGS Hamburg (F220), left, and the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), right, take on fuel and stores from the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10), center, during a replenishment-at-sea in the Arabian Sea on March 23, 2013. The Eisenhower, Hamburg and USS Hue City (CG 66), top, are deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility to conduct maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
The German navy frigate FGS Hamburg (F220), left, and the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), right, take on fuel and stores from the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10), center, during a replenishment-at-sea in the Arabian Sea on March 23, 2013. The Eisenhower, Hamburg and USS Hue City (CG 66), top, are deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility to conduct maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
By Sebastian Bruns*
IN mid-March 2015, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Coast Guard published its new strategy “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower: Forward, Engaged, Ready.” This article looks at the new strategy through the prism of Germany, one of the leading industrial powers in the world and a country dependent on unhindered maritime trade routes.Continue reading

It’s time for US to take the lead on ASAT legislation

satellitesatelliteBy Sally DeBoer*
THE United States is undeniably reliant on its robust space-based architecture for both military and commercial operations. Having invested heavily in space for more than forty years now, the United States enjoys what RAND’s Benjamin Lambeth calls “asymmetric advantages” [1] commensurate with that investment. Unprotected and largely unaddressed by international legislation, however, these advantages could quickly become “asymmetric vulnerabilities” were they disabled, destroyed, or otherwise disrupted.Continue reading