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How China Wins the South China Sea War (Without Firing a Shot)

China is engaged in a broad-ranging information warfare campaign as part of a covert effort to take control of the South China Sea — in the words of ancient strategist Sun Tzu, without firing a shot.

The Chinese cyber attacks have been carried out extensively on regional states along with political influence operations designed to falsely convince the international community that the waters of the sea are and have been China’s sovereign maritime territory.

Congressional Research Service: Pentagon R&D Spending Declined over Last Decade

There has been both positive and negative news for Pentagon IT and telecom services in recent contracting years, according to a recently released report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

Between fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2015, Defense Department IT and telecom service contract obligations dropped by about 16.1%, when adjusted for inflation, according the CRS report, “Defense Acquisitions: How and Where DOD Spends and Reports Its Contracting Dollars.”

Don't Give Up on the Littoral Combat Ship

The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program has been subjected to heavy scrutiny, and much of it is justified. What is getting lost in the discourse is the real capability that LCS provides to the fleet. From my perspective as an active duty service member who may be stationed on an LCS in the future, I’m more interested in exploring how we can employ LCS to utilize its strengths, even as we seek to improve them. Regardless of the program’s setbacks, LCS is in the Fleet today, getting underway, and deploying overseas.

How Russia's Military Plans to Counter the Pentagon's Drone Swarms

Over the past decade, Russian armed forces and Russian defense industry have made strides in developing, testing and fielding domestically produced unmanned aerial vehicles(UAVs). While lagging behind their Western and East Asian counterparts in reach, distance and strike capability, Russia nonetheless was successful in using smaller and lighter UAV concepts for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) purposes, both at home and in conflicts abroad.

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