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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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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
China’s Security Gambit in the Indian Ocean
May 11, 2018
China’s Security Gambit in the Indian Ocean
Should China’s expanding naval footprint in the Indian Ocean be a cause for concern?
China’s Security Gambit in the Indian Ocean
USS <i>Fitzgerald</i> Officer Pleads Guilty in Collision Role
May 10, 2018
USS Fitzgerald Officer Pleads Guilty in Collision Role
Junior officer admits dereliction of duty in court martial plea deal.
USS Fitzgerald Officer Pleads Guilty in Collision Role
China Deploys Long-Range Anti-Ship and Anti-Air Missiles to Spratly Islands For First Time
May 05, 2018
China Deploys Long-Range Anti-Ship and Anti-Air Missiles to Spratly Islands For First Time
Missiles are unambiguous 'militarization' of disputed islands.
China Deploys Long-Range Anti-Ship and Anti-Air Missiles to Spratly Islands For First Time
Chinese Navy to Hold Live-Fire Exercise in Taiwan Strait
April 18, 2018
Chinese Navy to Hold Live-Fire Exercise in Taiwan Strait
Limited drills seem intended to garner headlines more than provoke Taiwan.
Chinese Navy to Hold Live-Fire Exercise in Taiwan Strait
Is the Western Pacific Heading Towards an Amphibious Arms Race?
April 17, 2018
Is the Western Pacific Heading Towards an Amphibious Arms Race?
China and the U.S. have steadily been expanding their marine forces and the amphibious capabilities that accompany them in the Western Pacific.
Is the Western Pacific Heading Towards an Amphibious Arms Race?
US Navy Deploying Advanced Surveillance UAVs to Guam
April 12, 2018
US Navy Deploying Advanced Surveillance UAVs to Guam
Two MQ-4C Tritons to arrive before end of the year.
US Navy Deploying Advanced Surveillance UAVs to Guam
US Pacific Fleet Reveals New High-End Strike Group Training
April 05, 2018
US Pacific Fleet Reveals New High-End Strike Group Training
“Fleet Problems” recall U.S. Navy’s realistic interwar exercises.
US Pacific Fleet Reveals New High-End Strike Group Training
Photos Show Massive Chinese Naval Exercise in South China Sea
March 29, 2018
Photos Show Massive Chinese Naval Exercise in South China Sea
More than 40 ships conclude drills with display of seamanship.
Photos Show Massive Chinese Naval Exercise in South China Sea
US Signals Major Boost to Hypersonic Weapons in 2019
March 21, 2018
US Signals Major Boost to Hypersonic Weapons in 2019
In response to Chinese and Russian advances, the U.S. is building its own hypersonic arsenal.
US Signals Major Boost to Hypersonic Weapons in 2019
China Dismissive of US Carrier Visit to Vietnam
March 14, 2018
China Dismissive of US Carrier Visit to Vietnam
Chinese narrative belies anxiety over increasing engagement in South China Sea.
China Dismissive of US Carrier Visit to Vietnam
Japan Considering New Anti-Ship Missiles for its Southwestern Islands
March 01, 2018
Japan Considering New Anti-Ship Missiles for its Southwestern Islands
Move part of Japanese fortification of first island chain against Chinese fleets.
Japan Considering New Anti-Ship Missiles for its Southwestern Islands
Chinese Oceanography Echoes the Contest for Undersea Dominance Against the US
February 20, 2018
Chinese Oceanography Echoes the Contest for Undersea Dominance Against the US
The military balance between China and the United States will rest largely on which is best able to exploit the ocean depths.
Chinese Oceanography Echoes the Contest for Undersea Dominance Against the US
The US Navy's New 30-Year Plan Grows its Fleet Realistically, but Slowly
February 16, 2018
The US Navy's New 30-Year Plan Grows its Fleet Realistically, but Slowly
Reaching 355 ships is not projected until the 2050s, too slow for expected threats.
The US Navy's New 30-Year Plan Grows its Fleet Realistically, but Slowly
Russian Jet Buzzes US Surveillance Plane over Black Sea
February 01, 2018
Russian Jet Buzzes US Surveillance Plane over Black Sea
Latest intercept shows practical limits of military agreements to limit dangerous behavior.
Russian Jet Buzzes US Surveillance Plane over Black Sea
China Signaling it May Finally 'Militarize' the South China Sea Officially
January 25, 2018
China Signaling it May Finally 'Militarize' the South China Sea Officially
Response to U.S. warship reveals pretext for deployments to Spratly Islands bases.
China Signaling it May Finally 'Militarize' the South China Sea Officially
USS <i>Fitzgerald</i> and USS <i>John S. McCain</i> Officers to Face Criminal Charges for Deadly Collisions
January 18, 2018
USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain Officers to Face Criminal Charges for Deadly Collisions
Five officers may be tried for dereliction, hazarding a vessel, and negligent homicide.
USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain Officers to Face Criminal Charges for Deadly Collisions
4 Sino-US Trends to Watch in the Western Pacific in 2018
January 12, 2018
4 Sino-US Trends to Watch in the Western Pacific in 2018
South China Sea militarization, hypersonic weapons, Chinese oceanography, and counter A2/AD poised for major advances in 2018.
4 Sino-US Trends to Watch in the Western Pacific in 2018
New Chinese Ocean Network Collecting Data to Target Submarines
January 02, 2018
New Chinese Ocean Network Collecting Data to Target Submarines
Oceanographic advances appear aimed to improve China’s anti-submarine capabilities.
New Chinese Ocean Network Collecting Data to Target Submarines
Top US Admiral Tours Western Pacific Assuring Allies and Sailors Alike
December 20, 2017
Top US Admiral Tours Western Pacific Assuring Allies and Sailors Alike
Chief of Naval Operations gives special encouragement to beleaguered Seventh Fleet.
Top US Admiral Tours Western Pacific Assuring Allies and Sailors Alike
US Navy’s Most Advanced Destroyers to Get New Primary Anti-Ship Mission
December 14, 2017
US Navy’s Most Advanced Destroyers to Get New Primary Anti-Ship Mission
The Zumwalt-class will be refocused from land attack to surface strike.
US Navy’s Most Advanced Destroyers to Get New Primary Anti-Ship Mission
South China Sea Militarization: Fighters in the Paracels and Combat Logistics
December 06, 2017
South China Sea Militarization: Fighters in the Paracels and Combat Logistics
China admits deployment of jets to Woody Island, tests ability to keep islands supplied.
South China Sea Militarization: Fighters in the Paracels and Combat Logistics
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