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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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The Crash of the USS <i>Fitzgerald</i>: What Happened and What Comes Next?
June 20, 2017
The Crash of the USS Fitzgerald: What Happened and What Comes Next?
Japan-based destroyer suffers massive damage, highlights dangers of operating at sea.
The Crash of the USS Fitzgerald: What Happened and What Comes Next?
China and Japan Holding Maritime Talks to Prevent Maritime Clashes
June 15, 2017
China and Japan Holding Maritime Talks to Prevent Maritime Clashes
Japan wants a “hotline” but China unlikely to moderate its behavior.
China and Japan Holding Maritime Talks to Prevent Maritime Clashes
US Navy Plans to Deploy Two Littoral Combat Ships to Singapore in 2018
June 09, 2017
US Navy Plans to Deploy Two Littoral Combat Ships to Singapore in 2018
Previous plans to deploy multiple LCSs have been set back by breakdowns.
US Navy Plans to Deploy Two Littoral Combat Ships to Singapore in 2018
US Army, Japan Ground Self Defense Force Will Conduct SINKEX at RIMPAC 2018
June 01, 2017
US Army, Japan Ground Self Defense Force Will Conduct SINKEX at RIMPAC 2018
Ground forces will test ability to project sea control from land with mobile missile systems.
US Army, Japan Ground Self Defense Force Will Conduct SINKEX at RIMPAC 2018
No Big Fleet Buildup in Trump’s Proposed 2018 Budget
May 25, 2017
No Big Fleet Buildup in Trump’s Proposed 2018 Budget
Despite slight increases, budget does not lay out a plan toward a 355-ship fleet.
No Big Fleet Buildup in Trump’s Proposed 2018 Budget
Rocket System on Fiery Cross Reef Highlights Problem of Defining 'Militarization'
May 22, 2017
Rocket System on Fiery Cross Reef Highlights Problem of Defining 'Militarization'
Lack of a useful U.S. definition helps China deflect criticism.
Rocket System on Fiery Cross Reef Highlights Problem of Defining 'Militarization'
US Pacific Command Needs More Submarines as Navy Struggles to Maintain Force
May 12, 2017
US Pacific Command Needs More Submarines as Navy Struggles to Maintain Force
Years of maintenance shortfalls have left subs tied to piers as China’s fleet expands.
US Pacific Command Needs More Submarines as Navy Struggles to Maintain Force
US Freedom of Navigation Challenges in South China Sea on Hold
May 08, 2017
US Freedom of Navigation Challenges in South China Sea on Hold
Apparent deference to other issues echoes Obama principles in region.
US Freedom of Navigation Challenges in South China Sea on Hold
US Navy and Marine Corps Preparing for Combat in the Littoral
April 28, 2017
US Navy and Marine Corps Preparing for Combat in the Littoral
New war-fighting concepts enable a "denial" strategy against China.
US Navy and Marine Corps Preparing for Combat in the Littoral
Can the US Be Reassured by China’s Quiet Compliance With Court Ruling at Scarborough Shoal?
April 14, 2017
Can the US Be Reassured by China’s Quiet Compliance With Court Ruling at Scarborough Shoal?
Filipino Fishermen are now ‘canaries in the coal mine’ at contested shoal.
Can the US Be Reassured by China’s Quiet Compliance With Court Ruling at Scarborough Shoal?
Deterrence Diminished by US Navy Readiness Gaps as Congress Debates Budget
April 06, 2017
Deterrence Diminished by US Navy Readiness Gaps as Congress Debates Budget
Leaders warn years of stunted budgets leave Navy with a thin bench in event of a conflict.
Deterrence Diminished by US Navy Readiness Gaps as Congress Debates Budget
China May Have Been Surveying Strategic Waters East of Philippines
March 31, 2017
China May Have Been Surveying Strategic Waters East of Philippines
Benham Rise could be site of submarine operations in a U.S.-China clash.
China May Have Been Surveying Strategic Waters East of Philippines
The Navy Will Struggle to Build Trump’s 350-Ship Fleet
March 24, 2017
The Navy Will Struggle to Build Trump’s 350-Ship Fleet
Budget and shipyard hurdles will stymie progress beyond the current President’s term.
The Navy Will Struggle to Build Trump’s 350-Ship Fleet
Vision for the Future US Fleet II: The Numbers
March 17, 2017
Vision for the Future US Fleet II: The Numbers
New light carriers, missile craft, and unmanned platforms.
Vision for the Future US Fleet II: The Numbers
Vision for the Future US Fleet I: Concepts & Organization
March 06, 2017
Vision for the Future US Fleet I: Concepts & Organization
An influential Washington think tank has released a key fleet architecture study.
Vision for the Future US Fleet I: Concepts & Organization
New Chinese Missile Installations in Spratlys?
February 28, 2017
New Chinese Missile Installations in Spratlys?
Structures might house long-range SAMs as China inches closer to "militarization" of islands.
New Chinese Missile Installations in Spratlys?
US Carrier Group Enters South China Sea Amid Calls for More Freedom of Navigation Operations
February 21, 2017
US Carrier Group Enters South China Sea Amid Calls for More Freedom of Navigation Operations
A carrier strike group is conducting routine patrols, but is not set up for FONOPS, despite speculation.
US Carrier Group Enters South China Sea Amid Calls for More Freedom of Navigation Operations
Expect a Heavier US Presence in the South China Sea, But What Can It Achieve?
February 15, 2017
Expect a Heavier US Presence in the South China Sea, But What Can It Achieve?
Administration objectives are still unclear, but maintaining the regional status quo may be the most realistic.
Expect a Heavier US Presence in the South China Sea, But What Can It Achieve?
Perpetual Stalemate: China Can Neither Be Dislodged From the South China Sea Nor Control It
February 06, 2017
Perpetual Stalemate: China Can Neither Be Dislodged From the South China Sea Nor Control It
Former U.S., Australian officials say it’s “too late” and PLA assessment says China “cannot be optimistic”.
Perpetual Stalemate: China Can Neither Be Dislodged From the South China Sea Nor Control It
Ambiguous Trump Policies Might Accelerate China’s Militarization in the South China Sea
January 25, 2017
Ambiguous Trump Policies Might Accelerate China’s Militarization in the South China Sea
China could use threats to block its Spratly bases to bolster their military capabilities.
Ambiguous Trump Policies Might Accelerate China’s Militarization in the South China Sea
A Chinese Carrier in the Taiwan Strait Isn't <em>Always</em> a Reason for Panic
January 13, 2017
A Chinese Carrier in the Taiwan Strait Isn't Always a Reason for Panic
The Liaoning passage’s ‘defiance’ is exaggerated; transits should be seen as more normal.
A Chinese Carrier in the Taiwan Strait Isn't Always a Reason for Panic
No, China Did Not Target a US Carrier With Ballistic Missiles Last Summer
January 05, 2017
No, China Did Not Target a US Carrier With Ballistic Missiles Last Summer
Reports China targeted American aircraft carrier with DF-21s not supported by the Chinese sources cited.
No, China Did Not Target a US Carrier With Ballistic Missiles Last Summer
New Weapons on China’s Artificial Islands Don’t Violate 'Non-Militarization' of South China Sea
December 30, 2016
New Weapons on China’s Artificial Islands Don’t Violate 'Non-Militarization' of South China Sea
Installation may raise tensions, but China has long excluded “necessary defense” from its pledge.
New Weapons on China’s Artificial Islands Don’t Violate 'Non-Militarization' of South China Sea
China Creates Version of US Drone Seizure to Maintain the Status Quo
December 23, 2016
China Creates Version of US Drone Seizure to Maintain the Status Quo
Chinese official statements sidestep potential legal quagmire or future confrontation.
China Creates Version of US Drone Seizure to Maintain the Status Quo
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