Some Thoughts on the New Defense Strategy

It’s hard to say a lot about the new strategic guidance released by the Pentagon on Thursday since the document (pdf), titled “Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense,” doesn’t say all that much.  A more detailed assessment may be possible when the defense budget is released in February.  It’s noteworthy that Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta admitted that the new defense plan did not factor in the $500 billion is cuts over the next decade mandated by the supercommittee’s failure to reach a deal late last year.  According to Panetta, if a compromise isn’t reached and . . .
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“Carrier Killer”: China’s Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile

While there are obviously numerous security threats throughout the world, threat assessments can often come across as overhyped and overwrought.  The United States is in possession of both favorable geography and an advantage in relative power to its potential competitors that would be the envy of great powers and empires throughout history.  That said, the recent development of the DF-21D Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile (ASBM) by China is one advance in that country’s military modernization effort that could provoke some legitimate worry. Continue reading “Carrier Killer”: China’s Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile