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Training Begins on Stealth Jet
March 05, 2012

Training Begins on Stealth Jet

The U.S. has begun training on the F-35 stealth fighter. Will the jet reshape the U.S. role in the Pacific?

U.S. Getting a New Bomber
February 27, 2012

U.S. Getting a New Bomber

The U.S. Air Force is working on a new long-range bomber to assist with its pivot to the Asia-Pacific.

Assessing America's Military Future
February 02, 2012

Assessing America's Military Future

The Diplomat’s Assistant Editor Harry Kazianis speaks with U.S. Congressman James Langevin (D-RI) about the U.S. “pivot” to the Pacific, defense restructuring and emerging national security threats.

Asia Overreacts to U.S. Military Pivot
January 25, 2012

Asia Overreacts to U.S. Military Pivot

Despite the warnings from China, the Pentagon’s Defense Strategic Guidance offers few surprises. Change has been coming for a while.

Did Iran Hack U.S. Drone?
December 16, 2011

Did Iran Hack U.S. Drone?

An Iranian engineer claims Iran was able to hack the GPS of a U.S. drone to bring it down. Could it?

U.S. Counters Chinese Bases
November 14, 2011

U.S. Counters Chinese Bases

The U.S. has significantly expanded its presence among Asia-Pacific allies. China’s military is the key driver.

Panetta Reassures Japan
October 28, 2011

Panetta Reassures Japan

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has been keen to reassure key allies like Japan in his first official Asia trip.

Defence Cuts Imperil US Asia Role
October 26, 2011

Defence Cuts Imperil US Asia Role

Slashing the US defence budget could undermine stability in Asia and US interests there, says J. Randy Forbes. And it could get worse this autumn.

Panetta Warns of China Secrecy
October 25, 2011

Panetta Warns of China Secrecy

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta says China’s military build-up is has a ‘troubling lack of transparency.’

Panetta Praises China
October 23, 2011

Panetta Praises China

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta praises China over its response to new US arms sales to Taiwan.

Welcome to Asia, Secretary Panetta
July 15, 2011

Welcome to Asia, Secretary Panetta

Asia is bound to be a focus for Leon Panetta as US defence secretary. With China’s rise, India and Pakistan squabbling and a belligerent North Korea, there’s plenty to do.

Time for Futenma Rethink
July 12, 2011

Time for Futenma Rethink

With little local support, it’s time for a rethink of the current plan to relocate US forces in Japan.

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