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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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Japan Plans Large Unmanned Submersibles
November 08, 2018
Japan Plans Large Unmanned Submersibles
New capabilities suggest how Japan plans to defend Senkakus in East China Sea.
Japan Plans Large Unmanned Submersibles
2 US Warships Transit Taiwan Strait
October 23, 2018
2 US Warships Transit Taiwan Strait
Passage by a cruiser and destroyer follows similar transit in July.
2 US Warships Transit Taiwan Strait
'Unsafe' Incident between US and Chinese Warships During FONOP
October 02, 2018
'Unsafe' Incident between US and Chinese Warships During FONOP
PLA Navy ship crossed 45 yards ahead of USS Decatur in the Spratly Islands.
'Unsafe' Incident between US and Chinese Warships During FONOP
Chinese Navy Participates in Major Australian Exercise for First Time
September 14, 2018
Chinese Navy Participates in Major Australian Exercise for First Time
PLA Navy ship conducts gunnery, anti-submarine drills with other nations.
Chinese Navy Participates in Major Australian Exercise for First Time
Japan Deploys Flotilla to South China Sea
August 30, 2018
Japan Deploys Flotilla to South China Sea
The flotilla consists of three ships, including Japan’s largest helicopter destroyer.
Japan Deploys Flotilla to South China Sea
China Tests New 'Waverider' Hypersonic Vehicle
August 09, 2018
China Tests New 'Waverider' Hypersonic Vehicle
The hypersonic aircraft sustained speeds above Mach 5.5.
China Tests New 'Waverider' Hypersonic Vehicle
'Multi-Domain' Demonstration at RIMPAC: Target Ship Struck from Sea, Air, and Land
July 26, 2018
'Multi-Domain' Demonstration at RIMPAC: Target Ship Struck from Sea, Air, and Land
The United States and Japan launch land-based missiles and rockets in Sinking Exercise.
'Multi-Domain' Demonstration at RIMPAC: Target Ship Struck from Sea, Air, and Land
China Launches Two Next-Generation Destroyers
July 05, 2018
China Launches Two Next-Generation Destroyers
Type 055 destroyers are bigger than US cruisers but carry fewer missiles.
China Launches Two Next-Generation Destroyers
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
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