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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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US Navy Eyes More Combat Upgrades for Littoral Combat Ships
May 23, 2019
US Navy Eyes More Combat Upgrades for Littoral Combat Ships
Anti-ship missiles, new combat systems, and possible vertical launch cells being studied.
US Navy Eyes More Combat Upgrades for Littoral Combat Ships
French, US, Australian, Japanese Warships Drill in Bay of Bengal
May 20, 2019
French, US, Australian, Japanese Warships Drill in Bay of Bengal
The La Perouse Exercise featured a French aircraft carrier and Australian submarines.
French, US, Australian, Japanese Warships Drill in Bay of Bengal
US Marines Select an Anti-Ship Missile
May 09, 2019
US Marines Select an Anti-Ship Missile
Naval Strike Missile will give U.S. Marines a land-based anti-ship missile.
US Marines Select an Anti-Ship Missile
A More Assertive US ‘Gray Zone’ Strategy
May 02, 2019
A More Assertive US ‘Gray Zone’ Strategy
Leaders want Russia and China to respond to U.S. initiative, not the other way around.
A More Assertive US ‘Gray Zone’ Strategy
Major US Army Exercise to Focus on South China Sea
April 16, 2019
Major US Army Exercise to Focus on South China Sea
U.S. Army’s Pacific focus shifting from Korea scenarios to China.
Major US Army Exercise to Focus on South China Sea
China May Deploy New Maritime Surveillance Platforms in South China Sea
April 03, 2019
China May Deploy New Maritime Surveillance Platforms in South China Sea
Networked platforms could aid Chinese enforcement against regional fishermen.
China May Deploy New Maritime Surveillance Platforms in South China Sea
US Navy and Marine Exercise Tests New Island Warfare Concepts
March 29, 2019
US Navy and Marine Exercise Tests New Island Warfare Concepts
‘Pacific Blitz’ focused on expeditionary bases and naval control.
US Navy and Marine Exercise Tests New Island Warfare Concepts
US Army Moving Forward on Hypersonic Missile and 1,000-Mile Super Cannon
March 22, 2019
US Army Moving Forward on Hypersonic Missile and 1,000-Mile Super Cannon
New long-range strike weapons targeted at China and Russia conflict scenarios.
US Army Moving Forward on Hypersonic Missile and 1,000-Mile Super Cannon
US Navy’s 2020 Budget Opens Debate on Future of the Aircraft Carrier
March 14, 2019
US Navy’s 2020 Budget Opens Debate on Future of the Aircraft Carrier
Proposals would reduce carrier fleet from 11 to 10 and invest in new capabilities.
US Navy’s 2020 Budget Opens Debate on Future of the Aircraft Carrier
US Marines Seeking Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles
March 04, 2019
US Marines Seeking Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles
Land-based, expeditionary anti-ship capability to help U.S. Navy control seas.
US Marines Seeking Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles
Heads of US and Chinese Navy Meet in Beijing
January 16, 2019
Heads of US and Chinese Navy Meet in Beijing
Admirals discuss reducing risk in interactions between two navies at-sea.
Heads of US and Chinese Navy Meet in Beijing
U.S. Navy Tested High Velocity Projectile on Destroyer
January 10, 2019
U.S. Navy Tested High Velocity Projectile on Destroyer
USS Dewey fired 20 experimental rounds at RIMPAC last summer.
U.S. Navy Tested High Velocity Projectile on Destroyer
US Navy Releases Updated Plan for Maintaining Superiority
December 22, 2018
US Navy Releases Updated Plan for Maintaining Superiority
Plan to guide procurement, training, reforms to compete with China and Russia.
US Navy Releases Updated Plan for Maintaining Superiority
Japan Plans Large Unmanned Submersibles
November 08, 2018
Japan Plans Large Unmanned Submersibles
New capabilities suggest how Japan plans to defend Senkakus in East China Sea.
Japan Plans Large Unmanned Submersibles
2 US Warships Transit Taiwan Strait
October 23, 2018
2 US Warships Transit Taiwan Strait
Passage by a cruiser and destroyer follows similar transit in July.
2 US Warships Transit Taiwan Strait
'Unsafe' Incident between US and Chinese Warships During FONOP
October 02, 2018
'Unsafe' Incident between US and Chinese Warships During FONOP
PLA Navy ship crossed 45 yards ahead of USS Decatur in the Spratly Islands.
'Unsafe' Incident between US and Chinese Warships During FONOP
Chinese Navy Participates in Major Australian Exercise for First Time
September 14, 2018
Chinese Navy Participates in Major Australian Exercise for First Time
PLA Navy ship conducts gunnery, anti-submarine drills with other nations.
Chinese Navy Participates in Major Australian Exercise for First Time
Japan Deploys Flotilla to South China Sea
August 30, 2018
Japan Deploys Flotilla to South China Sea
The flotilla consists of three ships, including Japan’s largest helicopter destroyer.
Japan Deploys Flotilla to South China Sea
China Tests New 'Waverider' Hypersonic Vehicle
August 09, 2018
China Tests New 'Waverider' Hypersonic Vehicle
The hypersonic aircraft sustained speeds above Mach 5.5.
China Tests New 'Waverider' Hypersonic Vehicle
'Multi-Domain' Demonstration at RIMPAC: Target Ship Struck from Sea, Air, and Land
July 26, 2018
'Multi-Domain' Demonstration at RIMPAC: Target Ship Struck from Sea, Air, and Land
The United States and Japan launch land-based missiles and rockets in Sinking Exercise.
'Multi-Domain' Demonstration at RIMPAC: Target Ship Struck from Sea, Air, and Land
China Launches Two Next-Generation Destroyers
July 05, 2018
China Launches Two Next-Generation Destroyers
Type 055 destroyers are bigger than US cruisers but carry fewer missiles.
China Launches Two Next-Generation Destroyers
China’s New Missiles in the Spratlys May be a Turning Point
June 14, 2018
China’s New Missiles in the Spratlys May be a Turning Point
There is no longer any reason for China to acknowledge the diplomatic fig leaf of Xi Jinping’s “militarization” assurance.
China’s New Missiles in the Spratlys May be a Turning Point
Contract Awarded for US Submarines’ Expanded Launch Capacity
June 14, 2018
Contract Awarded for US Submarines’ Expanded Launch Capacity
New Virginia-class module triples cruise missile payload and enables future weapons.
Contract Awarded for US Submarines’ Expanded Launch Capacity
Former Head of US Surface Fleet May Lose Star
May 30, 2018
Former Head of US Surface Fleet May Lose Star
Officers still face punishment in aftermath of last year’s deadly U.S. Navy collisions.
Former Head of US Surface Fleet May Lose Star
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