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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
October 23, 2020

US Touts Uncertain Plan to Put Hypersonic Missiles on Destroyers

By Steven Stashwick
The national security advisor says all three variants of Arleigh Burke destroyers will get new missiles.

October 15, 2020

Japan Launches New Submarine Class

By Steven Stashwick
JS Taigei is first of a larger, quieter class to face increasingly assertive Chinese warships.
October 08, 2020

Russia Tests Anti-Ship Hypersonic Missile Against Sea Target

By Steven Stashwick
A Zircon missile was fired from a Russian frigate against a target in the Barents Sea.

October 02, 2020

Potential Biden Administration Defense Pick Outlines Pentagon Priorities for Next Decade

By Steven Stashwick
Michele Flournoy, former Obama Pentagon appointee, on cost savings and competing with China.

September 25, 2020

China Announces Aggressive Climate Targets at United Nations

By Steven Stashwick
Xi Jinping pledges China will be carbon neutral by 2060 in a bid to soften China's global image.

September 17, 2020

Head of US Nuclear Forces Warns of Growing, Modernizing Chinese Nuclear Threat

By Steven Stashwick
Admiral highlights new missiles capable of hitting the U.S. and expects Chinese arsenal to double.
September 11, 2020

Chinese Jets Intrude Taiwan Air Defense Zone for Second Day

By Steven Stashwick
Taiwan issued warnings and condemned the flights as it conducted its own military drills.

September 03, 2020

Pentagon Releases Annual China Military Power Report

By Steven Stashwick
Unclassified study assesses China now has world’s largest navy, plans to double its nuclear arsenal.

August 28, 2020

Chinese Military Experiments With Using Commercial Vessels as Helicopter Bases

By Steven Stashwick
The use of civilian ships to support combat could expand the military’s reach but blur targeting rules in wartime.

August 19, 2020

Reduced Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2020 Begins off Hawaii

By Steven Stashwick
The marquee multinational naval drills are scaled back due to COVID-19 pandemic.

August 14, 2020

Chinese Military Told to Prevent Escalation in Interactions With US

By Steven Stashwick
Chinese planes and ships are reportedly told “not to fire the first shot.”
August 05, 2020

Singapore and Israel Partner in New Naval Missile Venture

By Steven Stashwick
ST and IAI create a new venture to offer anti-ship missile systems in Southeast Asia.

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