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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
January 14, 2021

US Declassifies Strategy, Revealing Yawning Gap Between Rhetoric and Reality

By Steven Stashwick
The “Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific” reveals few surprises, and even fewer successes, in the last days of the Trump administration.

January 06, 2021

Third Chinese Aircraft Carrier Nears Completion Amid Shipyard Expansion

By Steven Stashwick
Work begins on fourth carrier, but future plans remain murky.
December 18, 2020

PLA No-Shows US-China Maritime Safety Talks

By Steven Stashwick
Chinese officials skipped a virtual session of the Military Maritime Consultative Agreement.

December 17, 2020

US Air Force to Test New Hypersonic Missile

By Steven Stashwick
The Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon will go into production next year.

December 01, 2020

US Navy to Scrap Fire-ravaged USS Bonhomme Richard

By Steven Stashwick
The Pacific-based amphibious carrier burned for nearly five days in July.

November 26, 2020

US Destroyer Conducts FONOP Against Russian Claims in Sea of Japan

By Steven Stashwick
The Russian Navy claims that it expelled USS John S. McCain from Peter the Great Bay.
November 20, 2020

US Submarines to Field Hypersonic Weapons in 2025

By Steven Stashwick
The U.S. Navy expects limited operations by mid-decade and broader capability in 2028.

November 17, 2020

Chinese Ballistic Missiles Fired Into South China Sea Claimed to Hit Target Ship

By Steven Stashwick
A news report claims that the August ASBM tests successfully hit a moving vessel and did not just fall into the sea.

November 10, 2020

Trump Abruptly Fires Defense Secretary After Election Loss

By Steven Stashwick
Mark Esper was fired through a tweet after all the major media networks agreed that Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States.

October 29, 2020

US Approves Sales of Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles to Taiwan

By Steven Stashwick
Truck-mounted Harpoon missiles and other recent sales are aimed at repelling a potential invasion by China.

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.

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