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Steven Stashwick

Steven Stashwick

Steven Stashwick is an independent writer and researcher based in New York City focused on East Asian security and maritime issues.

He spent ten years on active duty as a Naval Officer with tours in the Pentagon and at-sea based in Japan elsewhere the Pacific. He completed graduate study in International Relations at the University of Chicago, where he focused on the impact of international rules and naval diplomacy on security and conflict escalation. Still serving in the U.S. Navy Reserve, he writes in his private capacity and does not represent official positions of the U.S. government.

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Road to 350: Can the US Build a 350-Ship Fleet the Navy Actually Wants?
November 28, 2016
Road to 350: Can the US Build a 350-Ship Fleet the Navy Actually Wants?
Shipbuilding capacity, political & budget uncertainty, combat capability, complicate any new plan.
Road to 350: Can the US Build a 350-Ship Fleet the Navy Actually Wants?
Road to 350: What Does the US Navy Do Anyway?
November 18, 2016
Road to 350: What Does the US Navy Do Anyway?
As Trump promises a 350-ship fleet, a primer on the U.S. Navy today.
Road to 350: What Does the US Navy Do Anyway?
US Navy Upgrading Undersea Sub-Detecting Sensor Network
November 04, 2016
US Navy Upgrading Undersea Sub-Detecting Sensor Network
New contract augments old Cold War "SOSUS" arrays.
US Navy Upgrading Undersea Sub-Detecting Sensor Network
US, UK, and Japan Navies Sign First-Ever Trilateral Cooperation Agreement
November 01, 2016
US, UK, and Japan Navies Sign First-Ever Trilateral Cooperation Agreement
Agreement paves way for greater cooperation to achieve "mutually desired strategic effects."
US, UK, and Japan Navies Sign First-Ever Trilateral Cooperation Agreement
US Navy Expanding Ability to Sustain Operations in South China Sea
October 19, 2016
US Navy Expanding Ability to Sustain Operations in South China Sea
Agreements with partners and new at-sea capabilities will help ships repair and replenish locally.
US Navy Expanding Ability to Sustain Operations in South China Sea
The US Army’s Answer for an A2/AD Shield in Asia
October 15, 2016
The US Army’s Answer for an A2/AD Shield in Asia
Plans for ‘Multi-Domain Battle’ to project power from land over sea & air.
The US Army’s Answer for an A2/AD Shield in Asia
Pentagon's ‘Third Offset’ in the US ‘Rebalance to Asia’
October 08, 2016
Pentagon's ‘Third Offset’ in the US ‘Rebalance to Asia’
Why it is important to understand the role of emerging “third offset” capabilities and operational concepts.
Pentagon's ‘Third Offset’ in the US ‘Rebalance to Asia’
US Navy Shipbuilding Plan: Is It Achievable, Is It Enough?
September 30, 2016
US Navy Shipbuilding Plan: Is It Achievable, Is It Enough?
New reports cast doubt on the plan’s affordability and adequacy while China's fleet expands.
US Navy Shipbuilding Plan: Is It Achievable, Is It Enough?
Being Realistic About Engagement with China and the A2/AD Threat
September 23, 2016
Being Realistic About Engagement with China and the A2/AD Threat
U.S. Chief of Naval Operations: U.S. must engage with China and A2/AD is an "aspiration."
Being Realistic About Engagement with China and the A2/AD Threat
The Danger of Letting China Set the Pace in the South China Sea
September 16, 2016
The Danger of Letting China Set the Pace in the South China Sea
ASEAN-China Code of Conduct will languish as long as China sets the pace in the South China Sea.
The Danger of Letting China Set the Pace in the South China Sea
Crying Wolf? Contrary to Reports, No Dredges at Scarborough Shoal Yet
September 08, 2016
Crying Wolf? Contrary to Reports, No Dredges at Scarborough Shoal Yet
Images show Chinese Maritime Militia, not Barges, but Filipino Fishermen still blocked from Shoal.
Crying Wolf? Contrary to Reports, No Dredges at Scarborough Shoal Yet
Signs of Diminishing Returns for US Military Investment Against A2/AD
September 02, 2016
Signs of Diminishing Returns for US Military Investment Against A2/AD
Trends show U.S. could maintain its military edge and still fight to a draw in the future.
Signs of Diminishing Returns for US Military Investment Against A2/AD
Getting the Right World War I Metaphor for a US-China Clash
August 27, 2016
Getting the Right World War I Metaphor for a US-China Clash
The Great War has less to tell us about how a Pacific War might start than what it might look like.
Getting the Right World War I Metaphor for a US-China Clash
A New War in the Pacific Could be ‘Trench Warfare’ at Sea
August 18, 2016
A New War in the Pacific Could be ‘Trench Warfare’ at Sea
Recent studies suggest A2/AD and AirSea Battle lead to costly stalemate, not victory.
A New War in the Pacific Could be ‘Trench Warfare’ at Sea
East China Sea Oil Platform Radar: What Good Is It?
August 10, 2016
East China Sea Oil Platform Radar: What Good Is It?
The "military" radar is not in a position to provide much military advantage.
East China Sea Oil Platform Radar: What Good Is It?
RIMPAC 2016: Bringing China Closer While Displaying Combat Prowess
August 03, 2016
RIMPAC 2016: Bringing China Closer While Displaying Combat Prowess
The exercise encourages partnership and understanding but also shows off important new capabilities.
RIMPAC 2016: Bringing China Closer While Displaying Combat Prowess
US Court Says Rules for Navy Low Frequency Sonar Program Violate Laws to Protect Whales
July 29, 2016
US Court Says Rules for Navy Low Frequency Sonar Program Violate Laws to Protect Whales
The decision affects rules for operating a long range U.S. Navy submarine surveillance program.
US Court Says Rules for Navy Low Frequency Sonar Program Violate Laws to Protect Whales
Perry in Japan, War in the Pacific, and the Rise of China
July 21, 2016
Perry in Japan, War in the Pacific, and the Rise of China
The United States has spooked a rising Pacific power before.
Perry in Japan, War in the Pacific, and the Rise of China
US Navy’s Futuristic New Weapons Could be Key to Limiting a Clash with China
July 13, 2016
US Navy’s Futuristic New Weapons Could be Key to Limiting a Clash with China
Lasers, railguns, and hi-velocity projectiles may let warships defend themselves without escalation
US Navy’s Futuristic New Weapons Could be Key to Limiting a Clash with China
That Chinese Frigate in the Senkakus Was a Bad Move for China
June 13, 2016
That Chinese Frigate in the Senkakus Was a Bad Move for China
Is China escalating in the East China Sea, or tipping its hand?
That Chinese Frigate in the Senkakus Was a Bad Move for China
What 2 Russian Jets Can Teach Us About a US-China Clash in the South China Sea
April 15, 2016
What 2 Russian Jets Can Teach Us About a US-China Clash in the South China Sea
The ‘buzzing’ of a U.S. warship in the Baltic shows why we shouldn’t exaggerate risk of conflict.
What 2 Russian Jets Can Teach Us About a US-China Clash in the South China Sea
Missiles and Signals in the Paracel Islands
April 01, 2016
Missiles and Signals in the Paracel Islands
SAMs on Woody Island don’t mean they’re headed for the Spratlys.
Missiles and Signals in the Paracel Islands
Cuarteron Reef’s New Radar: The China Coast Guard’s Best New Toy?
March 29, 2016
Cuarteron Reef’s New Radar: The China Coast Guard’s Best New Toy?
Worry over the radar’s military implications should take a backseat to its civil uses.
Cuarteron Reef’s New Radar: The China Coast Guard’s Best New Toy?
Naval Buildups in the South China Sea
July 15, 2015
Naval Buildups in the South China Sea
Southeast Asian naval capabilities are surging. But how meaningful is that?
Naval Buildups in the South China Sea
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