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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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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
US and China Conclude Annual Military Safety Talks in Hawaii
November 22, 2017
US and China Conclude Annual Military Safety Talks in Hawaii
Talks supposed to encourage professional air and sea conduct, but unsafe incidents persist.
US and China Conclude Annual Military Safety Talks in Hawaii
US Navy Reports on Collisions in Pacific – the USS <i>John S. McCain</i>
November 20, 2017
US Navy Reports on Collisions in Pacific – the USS John S. McCain
Confusion, ignorance of equipment, and poor control design led to deadly collision in Singapore Strait.
US Navy Reports on Collisions in Pacific – the USS John S. McCain
US Navy Reports on Collisions in Pacific – the USS <i>Fitzgerald</i>
November 13, 2017
US Navy Reports on Collisions in Pacific – the USS Fitzgerald
Poor judgement, neglect of procedures preceded deadly collision.
US Navy Reports on Collisions in Pacific – the USS Fitzgerald
US Amphibious Exercise Practices New Littoral Warfare Concepts
October 25, 2017
US Amphibious Exercise Practices New Littoral Warfare Concepts
U.S. Marines launch rockets from warships in Exercise “Dawn Blitz."
US Amphibious Exercise Practices New Littoral Warfare Concepts
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
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