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Can the Dragon be Slain? The Difficulty of Finding a Way to Defeat China

Colum Hawken

The US has no clear option for conducting a war against China. While several concepts have been suggested, all have clear drawbacks. This article does not presume to definitively explore every theory on how such a war between the US and China would play out. Instead, we shall discuss some of the leading warfighting concepts, so as to better understand their utility. We will specifically examine; AirSea Battle (ASB), Offshore Control (OSC) and Deterrence by Denial (DBD). Read more...

 

The Royal Malaysian Navy, and Malaysia’s Strategic Maritime Environment

Imran Shamsunahar

From a regional perspective, the Royal Malaysian Navy is a relatively capable and modern naval force in Southeast Asia, albeit facing great challenges in terms of both declining defense spending as well as a worsening maritime neighborhood. The latter involves both state-on-state, conventional threats largely revolving around territorial disputes (namely that of the South China Sea dispute, in which Kuala Lumpur is a passive participant), as well as more non-traditional maritime issues which bedevil Malaysia, including piracy, militant groups, and terrorism. Read more...

 

The Increasing Importance of Small Navies

Colum Hawken

As western navies decrease in size and a variety of threats proliferate across the world, their forces are becoming stretched. Indeed, they have been declining ever since the end of the Cold War as nations sought to capitalise on the peace dividend. This is perhaps most clearly demonstrated by reductions in aircraft carriers, such as those during the Clinton administration. The ramifications of such cutbacks were demonstrated when ISIS made rapid territorial gains across northern Iraq and Syria, and the US Carrier group in the Persian Gulf was diverted to conduct airstrikes in Iraq. This left Afghanistan without air support, which the Taliban took advantage of during their 2015 summer offensive. Read more...

History of Airpower Series – Paper 3 – Battle of the Atlantic Versus the Strategic Air Offensive over Germany: was the Second World War Prolonged Unnecessarily?

Dr. Anthony J. Cumming

Last year (2013) marked the 70th anniversary of the climax of the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest running continuous campaign of the Second World War. These operations were fought by the Allies with the objectives of securing supply lines and imposing a naval blockade on the Axis powers. Spilling into adjacent waters as diverse as the Arctic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the battles were fought by men and ships of the Royal Navy; Royal Navy Patrol Service; Merchant Navy; Royal Canadian Navy and United States Navy against the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe... Read more

 

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