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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.

France-led Multination Naval Exercise Commences in Eastern Indian Ocean
April 05, 2021

France-led Multination Naval Exercise Commences in Eastern Indian Ocean

By Abhijnan Rej
The exercise will also see all four Quad nations participating amid further deepening of bilateral defense ties within the grouping.
Robot Dogs to Have Their Day — on Florida Base
April 03, 2021

Robot Dogs to Have Their Day — on Florida Base

By Abhijnan Rej
The Tyndall Air Force Base inducted semi-autonomous robotic patrol dogs in base security role in the third week of March.

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