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Russia, China Form Stronger Alliance

As 2020 drew to a close, China and Russia strengthened their alliance through joint military maneuvers in both Europe and Asia. The move was solidified by joint operations of the two nations’ air and naval forces, as well as through […]

by · January 6, 2021 · Bulletin Board
Frank V. Vernuccio, Jr., J.D.

NATO Examines its Future

Earlier this years, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg appointed an independent study group for the purpose of examining the organization’s challenges in the coming decade. The Secretary General particularly tasked the researchers with providing recommendations in three areas:  reinforcing unity, solidarity, and […]

by · December 30, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Frank V. Vernuccio, Jr., J.D.

Space Command Matures

The United States Space Force, the first new branch of the American military since 1947, is rapidly moving from a startup to a substantive branch of the armed services. Since it was established by President Trump in 2019, it has […]

by · December 25, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Frank V. Vernuccio, Jr., J.D.

China’s Future Military Capabilities

In 2017, China’s President Xi Jinping announced that his nation was “at a critical stage in the path toward being a world power.” The national security threat posed by the ruling Communist Party (CCP) has only increased in recent years. […]

by · December 17, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Frank V. Vernuccio, Jr., J.D.

COVID and the Defense Budget

COVID-19 has impacted the military, as it has almost every other facet of life. U.S. armed forces have been used to provide crisis assistance across the globe. Now, the American people will be the beneficiaries of that expertise. The House […]

by · December 17, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Frank V. Vernuccio, Jr., J.D.

Biden and the Middle East

A Biden Administration could provide a stumbling block for progress for peace in the Middle East, if it follows the policy of appeasement and support for the world’s chief sponsor of terrorism, Iran. The first misstep would be a return […]

by · December 4, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Frank V. Vernuccio, Jr., J.D.

China’s Dangerous Caribbean Presence

China’s COVID-19 has brought extraordinary danger to the United States, and 2021 may see a different brand of peril. American Military News reports that “China has been expanding its ties with a number of countries in the Caribbean, increasing its influence […]

by · November 27, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Frank V. Vernuccio, Jr., J.D.

Countering the China Model

China is seeking to replace the American model of freedom with its own brand of authoritarian rule and the denial of individual liberty throughout the Indo-Pacific region. Freedom House notes that The Beijing regime has established an authoritarian political system […]

by · November 20, 2020 · Bulletin Board

The Return of “Great Power Competition.”

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, many hoped and believed that, with the end of the Cold War, the era of “great power competition” had come to a close. Indeed, one author, Francis Fukuyama, an American political scientist, wrote […]

by · November 13, 2020 · Bulletin Board

India, U.S. Form Closer Relations

India is playing an increasingly vital role in maintaining peace in the Indo-Pacific realm. It possesses the world’s fourth most powerful military, according to Global Firepower, hwith 3,544,000 military personnel, 4,292 tanks, 285 ships (including an aircraft carrier) and 2,072 aircraft. India, […]

by · November 6, 2020 · Bulletin Board

China Funds U.S. Group

China is funding violent protest groups within America. The U.S. is not immune to the conditions that have allowed totalitarians to rise to power. Radical organizations, sometimes funded by foreign governments, have made threats and violence part of everyday American […]

by · November 3, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Frank V. Vernuccio, Jr., J.D.

China-U.S. Relations at Pivotal Point

The United States has reached a pivotal point with the Chinese Communist regime in Beijing.  Under the Obama-Biden administration, Chinese aggression towards its neighbors went virtually unchallenged.  its growing attempts to peddle influence within the United States, particularly in the […]

by · October 2, 2020 · Bulletin Board
The Peoples Liberation Army PLA soldiers participate in a flag raising ceremony during an open day at the PLA  Navy base in Hong Kong. File: mil.cnr.cn

Vernuccio’s View: China’s Naval Threat

A lion’s share of world trade moves through Indo-Pacific waters is increasingly threatened by China’s large navy. Indo-Pacific basin nations will represent two-thirds of the world’s economy in the coming decade. Clearly, if any nation establishes an armed stranglehold in […]

by · September 20, 2020 · Vernuccio's View
Photo: Satellite communications terminal at Camp Zama, Japan. (Winifred Brown, Army)

Russia, China Threaten U.S. Space Assets

The U.S. Space Command has evidence that Russia conducted a test of a space-based anti-satellite weapon. On July 15, Russia injected a new object into orbit from Cosmos 2543.  Moscow released the object in proximity to another Russian satellite, which […]

by · August 28, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Frank V. Vernuccio, Jr., J.D.

Cyber Threats to the Election

Just as airplanes and tanks transformed war in the 20th Century, the employment of Cyberspace for military and espionage missions is changing the nature of international battles in the 21st.  Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea invest in military capabilities that reduce […]

by · August 27, 2020 · Bulletin Board