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Five Reasons the Middle East Is Becoming More Dangerous for the US Navy

Posted October 24th, 2016 at 2:31 pm (UTC-5)
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While the United States is not yet in any risk of losing its maritime dominance in the region, ensuring freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, and the Arabian Sea will require more thoughtful cooperation with our allies in other areas.

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Why — and How — the U.S. Navy Must Send Iran a Message

Posted September 8th, 2016 at 11:49 am (UTC-5)
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[T]he IRGC’s Naval component has conducted numerous simulated swarm-attacks against U.S. Navy vessels in the Persian Gulf. In each case, IRGC sailors have ignored radioed warnings from our sailors….(President Obama) is hoping he can ignore the IRGC into oblivion. But he’s wrong. Because the problem here is not American pride, but rather protection of American personnel.

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Is a Rebuked China Taking a Timeout?

Posted July 27th, 2016 at 11:22 am (UTC-5)
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The deeper problem underlying the South China Sea dispute is the increasingly assertive nationalism of Chinese President Xi Jinping. But here, too, the Chinese appear to have taken a step back from the public anti-U.S. agitation that immediately followed the ruling.

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Reversing China’s South China Sea Grab

Posted July 26th, 2016 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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[A]ll U.S. visas for students from China to be revoked prior to the start of the 2016-17 academic year…[s]hould the PRC not demilitarize the South China Sea by Jan. 20, 2017…revocation of all Chinese EB-5 visas, tourist visas and the resultant Green Cards dating back to the law’s inception…

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What America’s Big New Defense Plan Gets Wrong

Posted June 2nd, 2016 at 12:09 pm (UTC-5)
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DoD’s leaders recently identified autonomy and artificial intelligence technologies as the core elements of what they believe our new overmatch will be….But before the Third Offset flies too far, we need to ask the critical question: whether we are soaring in the right direction.

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South China Sea: Bracing for Beijing’s Next Move

Posted April 28th, 2016 at 8:01 am (UTC-5)
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The United States should continue this trend by serving notice to the Chinese, privately at first, then publicly, that unless they can help in reducing tensions in the region…they will leave U.S. leaders with no choice but to reinforce their alliance capabilities. Then, the United States should do exactly that.

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The U.S. Is Heading Toward a Dangerous Showdown with China

Posted March 17th, 2016 at 12:04 pm (UTC-5)
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What makes this dispute so explosive is that it pits an American president who needs to affirm his credibility as a strong leader against a risk-taking Chinese president who has shown disregard for U.S. military power and who faces potent political enemies at home.

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How to Oppose China’s Bid for Maritime Dominance

Posted February 26th, 2016 at 4:18 pm (UTC-5)
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In this deteriorating situation…a more consistent, robust set of American responses is essential….Deploy American Coast Guard cutters to the western Pacific…Expand cooperation with regional states…Impose explicit costs on Chinese aggressive behavior

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Republicans Won’t Stop Saying Our Military is Weak

Posted February 22nd, 2016 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Americans should not equate a commander-in-chief’s decision not to use the military with the military’s lack of readiness or its ineffectiveness. Rather, this is the intended outcome of the framework of the Constitution, whereby elected civilians, and those serving under them, exercise control over where the military will be used.

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Secretary of Navy: Why Our Fleet is Growing After Years of Decline

Posted September 22nd, 2015 at 2:49 pm (UTC-5)
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What should Americans conclude when they hear conflicting claims about the U.S. Navy being too large or shrinking too much? History and the facts prove those claims wrong. Indeed, this administration is aggressively rebuilding our fleet to surpass 300 ships before 2020, and that effort is critical to our security and our economy.
The size of our fleet matters because we live in a maritime-centric world. About 70% of our planet is covered by water; 80% of the earth’s population lives within an hour’s drive to the sea; 90% of global trade is seaborne; and 95% of voice and data are carried via undersea cables.

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