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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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Chinese Research Vessel Surveys Caroline Islands 'to Breach 2nd Island Chain'
October 11, 2017
Chinese Research Vessel Surveys Caroline Islands 'to Breach 2nd Island Chain'
Hydrographic surveys near Guam prompted surveillance by U.S. planes.
Chinese Research Vessel Surveys Caroline Islands 'to Breach 2nd Island Chain'
USS <i>John S. McCain</i>  Returning to Japan to be Repaired
October 05, 2017
USS John S. McCain Returning to Japan to be Repaired
Damaged U.S. destroyer departed Singapore for U.S. base in Yokosuka.
USS John S. McCain Returning to Japan to be Repaired
US Navy, Marine Corps Unveil New Strategy to Turn Tables on A2/AD
October 02, 2017
US Navy, Marine Corps Unveil New Strategy to Turn Tables on A2/AD
New Marine role in sea control appears aimed at potential China conflicts.
US Navy, Marine Corps Unveil New Strategy to Turn Tables on A2/AD
Firings, Reforms Follow US Navy Mishaps in Pacific Fleet
September 26, 2017
Firings, Reforms Follow US Navy Mishaps in Pacific Fleet
New policies and new commanders while collision investigations continue.
Firings, Reforms Follow US Navy Mishaps in Pacific Fleet
US Navy to Re-Fit Tomahawk Cruise Missiles to Attack Ships
September 14, 2017
US Navy to Re-Fit Tomahawk Cruise Missiles to Attack Ships
But is the missile a good fit for the mission?
US Navy to Re-Fit Tomahawk Cruise Missiles to Attack Ships
Is the US Seventh Fleet Unprepared to Operate at Sea?
September 12, 2017
Is the US Seventh Fleet Unprepared to Operate at Sea?
Japan-based ships lack same training and readiness standards as U.S.-based.
Is the US Seventh Fleet Unprepared to Operate at Sea?
Leveraging US Military Power in South China Sea
August 22, 2017
Leveraging US Military Power in South China Sea
The U.S. should leverage the prospect of new military balancing capabilities to establish an accommodation with China in the South China Sea.
Leveraging US Military Power in South China Sea
USS <i>John S. McCain</i> Collides With Merchant Vessel Near Singapore, 10 Sailors Missing
August 22, 2017
USS John S. McCain Collides With Merchant Vessel Near Singapore, 10 Sailors Missing
U.S. destroyer is moored in Singapore, damage being assessed and search for missing continues.
USS John S. McCain Collides With Merchant Vessel Near Singapore, 10 Sailors Missing
USS <i>Fitzgerald</i> Leadership Removed, Details of Collision Aftermath Released
August 21, 2017
USS Fitzgerald Leadership Removed, Details of Collision Aftermath Released
Preliminary report reveals actions of sailors to escape, control flooding.
USS Fitzgerald Leadership Removed, Details of Collision Aftermath Released
Asia-Pacific Powers Race for a Backup to GPS
August 10, 2017
Asia-Pacific Powers Race for a Backup to GPS
Nations in the Asia-Pacific region are working to make GPS more robust and resilient for their navies.
Asia-Pacific Powers Race for a Backup to GPS
Bombers and Missiles Show Limits of US Responses to North Korean ICBM Tests
August 03, 2017
Bombers and Missiles Show Limits of US Responses to North Korean ICBM Tests
North Korean missiles show increasing capability while U.S. responses remain static.
Bombers and Missiles Show Limits of US Responses to North Korean ICBM Tests
Chinese Underwater Drones Eyed for Possible Sub-detection Role
July 31, 2017
Chinese Underwater Drones Eyed for Possible Sub-detection Role
Can Chinese underwater drones help track foreign submarines?
Chinese Underwater Drones Eyed for Possible Sub-detection Role
US Designing New Unmanned Vehicles to Help Its Subs Detect Adversaries
July 19, 2017
US Designing New Unmanned Vehicles to Help Its Subs Detect Adversaries
UUVs would give U.S. Subs active sonar without revealing themselves.
US Designing New Unmanned Vehicles to Help Its Subs Detect Adversaries
US Navy Solicits Industry Solutions for a More Capable Frigate
July 15, 2017
US Navy Solicits Industry Solutions for a More Capable Frigate
Expanded combat requirements cast doubt on adequacy of improving Littoral Combat Ship designs.
US Navy Solicits Industry Solutions for a More Capable Frigate
Chinese Aircraft Carrier Sails Taiwan Strait Again
July 06, 2017
Chinese Aircraft Carrier Sails Taiwan Strait Again
Liaoning’s latest transit demonstrates more normalized operations in the sensitive strait.
Chinese Aircraft Carrier Sails Taiwan Strait Again
Photos Reveal Possible New Chinese Sub-Tracking Surveillance Ship
June 28, 2017
Photos Reveal Possible New Chinese Sub-Tracking Surveillance Ship
New vessel under construction closely resembles U.S. ocean surveillance ships.
Photos Reveal Possible New Chinese Sub-Tracking Surveillance Ship
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
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