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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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Posts by Steven Stashwick
March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Cases Reported on Both US Aircraft Carriers in Western Pacific

By Steven Stashwick
Coronavirus cases have been found on USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Ronald Reagan as well as a U.S. base in Japan.

March 25, 2020

US Marine Corps Unveils Transformation Plan Focused on China

By Steven Stashwick
The plan will cut tanks and other traditional weapons to make room for new anti-ship missions.
March 18, 2020

What Will Great Power Militaries Look Like After COVID-19?

By Steven Stashwick
Defense programs on both sides of the Pacific will face new budget pressures.

March 11, 2020

US Navy Re-examining the Future of the Aircraft Carrier

By Steven Stashwick
A new study is looking at both platforms and planes, and the Navy may cut the number of new Ford-class carriers.

March 06, 2020

A Cold War Movie’s (Wrong) Lessons About US-China Competition

By Steven Stashwick
The Hunt for Red October's strategic errors are mirrored in U.S. assumptions about China.

January 06, 2020

Massive Australian Military Effort to Provide Relief from Raging Bushfires

By Steven Stashwick
Scale of operations show how climate change could challenge capacity for traditional military missions.
December 04, 2019

Technical Problems, Slowing Economy Cut China’s Carrier Ambitions

By Steven Stashwick
Plans to build more than four aircraft carriers apparently put on hold.

November 21, 2019

US Defense Secretary Highlights Vietnam as Partner Against Chinese Influence

By Steven Stashwick
During a recent trip to Vietnam, the U.S. defense secretary also announced the transfer of an ex-U.S. Coast Guard cutter to the Vietnamese coast guard.

November 15, 2019

US Intermediate-Range Missiles in East Asia: Critical Deterrent or Needless Provocation?

By Steven Stashwick
It isn’t clear that the United States necessarily needs land-based intermediate missiles to achieve the missions they are envisioned for.

October 24, 2019

Russia’s Northern Sea Route Faces Setbacks, Low Interest

By Steven Stashwick
Despite warming Arctic, competition among great powers remains cool.

October 04, 2019

US and Singapore Navies Sink Target Ship: Why It Matters

By Steven Stashwick
Exercise Pacific Griffin 2019 featured LCS firing new anti-ship missile.
September 19, 2019

China’s New Transport Ship Not a Game Changer in South China Sea

By Steven Stashwick
Sansha No.2 is civilian and relatively small compared to military logistics vessels.

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