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Indonesian Navy Submarine Missing
April 21, 2021

Indonesian Navy Submarine Missing

By Robert Farley
The Nanggala was engaged in support of an Indonesian Navy drill when it failed to report in. A search is underway.

China’s Military Has a Hidden Weakness
April 20, 2021

China’s Military Has a Hidden Weakness

By Steve Sacks
High-tech new weapons are useful, but current military reform shortfalls hinder the PLA’s ability to employ such hardware.
The Strategic Impact of Indonesian KF-21s
April 16, 2021

The Strategic Impact of Indonesian KF-21s

By Liang Tuang Nah
Using the phrase “arms race” is attention grabbing, but a more discerning assessment is necessary when it comes to weapons acquisitions. 

Indonesia-South Korea Defense Ties in the Headlines with Fighter Jet Rollout
April 16, 2021

Indonesia-South Korea Defense Ties in the Headlines with Fighter Jet Rollout

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The engagement spotlighted the burgeoning security aspect of relations between Jakarta and Seoul.

Can Smaller Countries Produce Competitive Fighters?
April 15, 2021

Can Smaller Countries Produce Competitive Fighters?

By Jacob Parakilas
Plenty of countries could use a modern fighter that isn’t the F-35. But building such a fighter and successfully selling it are two very different objectives.

What’s in the New Russian Military Facility Chatter in Laos?  
April 15, 2021

What’s in the New Russian Military Facility Chatter in Laos?  

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at a latest manifestation of Moscow’s growing defense presence in the Southeast Asian nation.

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Conducts ‘Routine’ Drills Near Taiwan
April 09, 2021

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Conducts ‘Routine’ Drills Near Taiwan

By Steven Stashwick
Six warships pass through the Ryukyus to exercise east of Taiwan.
US Destroyer Carries Out FONOP in Indian EEZ
April 08, 2021

US Destroyer Carries Out FONOP in Indian EEZ

By Abhijnan Rej
The move to publicly challenge India’s “excessive maritime claims” is sure to irk New Delhi privately.

Japan Could Deliver 8 Cutting-Edge Frigates to Indonesia
April 08, 2021

Japan Could Deliver 8 Cutting-Edge Frigates to Indonesia

By Sebastian Strangio
If it eventuates, the $3.6 billion deal would represent the largest-ever arms transfer between the two nations.

Yes, China Has the World’s Largest Navy. That Matters Less Than You Might Think.
April 07, 2021

Yes, China Has the World’s Largest Navy. That Matters Less Than You Might Think.

By Benjamin Mainardi
China’s fleet relies disproportionately on smaller classes of ships – and U.S. capabilities are bolstered by its allies’ navies.

United States’ DARPA Announces New ‘Quantum Benchmarking’ Program
April 06, 2021

United States’ DARPA Announces New ‘Quantum Benchmarking’ Program

By Abhijnan Rej
The new program will aid in better allocation of research dollars to new quantum computing initiatives both inside and outside the government.
US Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Back in South China Sea
April 06, 2021

US Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Back in South China Sea

By Abhijnan Rej
This is the second time this year the strike group has entered the contentious body of water.

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