Fiery Cross Reef: Why China's New South China Sea Airstrip Matters

Although China is not the first state to build an airstrip in the South China Sea, it is the first state to employ island-building technologies to transform a contested maritime feature into a military base that extends the reach of offensive military capabilities. Other countries have worked to project power to contested South China Sea features; with the airstrip on Fiery Cross Reef, China has worked to project power from them.

America Sends Advanced Submarine to Strategic Philippine Base

One of America’s most advanced submarines began a port call in the Philippines on Monday.

According to the U.S. embassy in the Philippines, the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Chicago (SSN 721) made a port call in Subic Bay, Philippines on Monday. The site was home to one of America’s largest oversea military bases before it was shut down by the Philippines in 1992.

How Barack Obama Goes to War (And Why It Matters)

On September 16, 2014, there was a brief exchange regarding the nascent war against the self-declared Islamic State—totally unnoticed at the time—between the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the secretary of defense:

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): We are now recruiting these young men to go and fight in Syria against ISIL [Islamic State], but if they’re attacked by Bashar Assad, we’re not gonna help them?