Monday, July 28, 2014
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Saturday, July 26, 2014
The Hudson Center for American Seapower had a discussion panel yesterday at the Capitol Visitor Center (with lunch!) on the Future of Surface Warfare Lethality.
Here's the video.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Monday, July 21, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
This year, China has been invited to RIMPAC for participation. China is sending No. 171 (Haikou), No. 575 (Yueyang), No. 886 (Qingdaohu) and No. 886 (Peace Ark) to the exercise.
I'm sure some others would disagree but I think such participation is great for not only relationship between the 2 countries and lowering naval tension. Aviation week posted a good article of its visit on No. 171 Haikou. It's certainly no surprise to me that the reporters were allowed to take pictures and interview the captain and crew member, since China has had this kind of "open house" on its new ships in different port calls around the world. The article promised an "exclusive and rather frank sit down with Senior Capt. Zhao Xiaogang" coming up, so I'm interested in seeing how that goes.
We are also seeing what appears to be a new prototype of J-20 coming out this past week for low-speed taxi test. From what we've seen so far, there is no much changes on this new prototype (No. 2012) compared to the last prototype (No. 2011). There might be some changes in the tail area and around the engine going forward, but I think CAC has mostly settled on the design of this aircraft. We can see it below:
Would be interesting to see how this proceed vs PAK-FA going forward.
Posted by Feng at 11:27 AM
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Bob Martinage, Shawn Brimley, Ron O'Rourke, and I were invited to testify today before the HASC Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee on the subject of UCLASS.
The video can be found here. Be advised, there's a huge chunk of dead screen in the middle because the hearing adjourned for votes.
I have included my statement for the record below; the middle third may look familiar to some, as it comes from a post I did here a few years ago called "A Seapower Manifesto". Shawn Brimley's superb statement for the record can be found here. If I can get links to Messers. Martinage and O'Rourke's written statements I will come back and update. (Here is Martinage written statement).
Ron O'Rourke did is usual methodical job of laying out for the members some important analytical questions without giving any indication of his opinion--this is his job and he is a master at it. Brimley, Martinage, and I were in lock-step agreement that a UCLASS requirement that overly privileges ISR at the cost of contested strike is not only wasteful and duplicative, but strategically unwise.
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Thursday, July 10, 2014
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