US Military Bases

The Bering Strait: A New Chokepoint for Great Power Competition

The attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) rests in the Arctic Ocean after surfacing through three feet of ice during Ice Exercise 2009 on March 21, 2009. The two-week training exercise, which is used to test submarine operability and war-fighting capability in Arctic conditions, also involves the USS Helena (SSN 725), the University of Washington and personnel from the Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones, U.S. Navy. (Released), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:USS_Annapolis_ICEX.jpg

The Northern Sea Route through the Arctic will alter global trade flows and in doing so create new geopolitical chokepoints. Chief among them is the Bering Strait, where US, Russian, and Chinese interests converge.

Djibouti’s Attempts to Vanquish Dubai Ports Operator Spells Trouble for Washington

180327-N-TK936-6957 PORT OF DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (March 27, 2018) Members of Task Group (TG) 68.6 sets a security screening zone on the Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189) while operating in the Horn of Africa, March 27, 2018. TG 68.6 is forward-deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations and conducts joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Eu-rope and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Master at Arms 2nd Class Theresa Mullis/Released), cc Flickr modified, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet

If Doraleh port goes the way of Hambantota in Sri Lanka and is ceded to China for non-payment of debt, the United States sprawling Camp Lemonnier could be rendered militarily unviable.

America’s Chinese Headache in the Horn of Africa

cc Flickr U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. Fifth Fleet, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

US economic and political influence is waning in the Horn of Africa, and that’s bad news for civil society there.

Pence Snub Reveals North Korea Strategy at Work

cc Bjørn Christian Tørrissen , modified, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Korean_cult_of_personality#/media/File:Mansudae-Monument-Bow-2014.jpg

It didn’t take a gold medal for North Korea to score a major victory at the Olympics.

Forecast Calls for ‘Sunshine’ on the Korean Peninsula

park, cc Flickr Republic of Korea, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The fall of South Korea President Park Geun-hye has opened the door for major geopolitical shifts in East Asia.

Backgrounder: The North Korea Threat

a US THAAD launcher, public domain, US Army - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_first_of_two_Terminal_High_Altitude_Area_Defense_(THAAD)_interceptors_is_launched_during_a_successful_intercept_test_-_US_Army.jpg

North Korea’s recent missile test underscores the growing threat posed by the “Hermit Kingdom” to East Asian security. In responding to it, the Trump administration only has bad options to pick from.

The Weakest Link in Trump’s War on Terror

Reaper extends range in Afghanistan, US air force, public domain https://www.defense.gov/Photos/Photo-Gallery?igphoto=2001327483

US counter-terrorism operations rely on a discrete network of military bases around the world. How will these facilities fare under the Trump administration?

As US Forces Leave Manas, the Great Game Stirs in Central Asia

Flag of Kyrgyzstan

If there’s one thing Moscow hates, it’s other countries encroaching into Russian territory, especially those against which it sees itself as competing for influence and power.

The Asia Pivot: Old Policy, New Name

Asia Pivot ships at port

There's absolutely nothing that's new in the Obama administration's "Asia pivot."

DARPA: A Glimpse of All Tomorrow’s Weapons

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

This backgrounder lists some of the more promising R&D DARPA projects that are leading the charge in the development of new war-fighting technologies.

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