Category: U.S. Naval Institute News

USNI News: How Taiwan Would Defend Itself From Attack

The days of Taiwan being an impregnable fortress appear to be over. China’s growing military, coupled with declining defense budgets in Taiwan, have shifted the balance of power to the point where defeat in an invasion scenario — barring foreign intervention — is now inevitable.

How Taiwan Would Defend Itself From Attack“, U.S. Naval Institute News, March 2014.

U.S. Naval Institute News: Inside Japan’s New Defense Plan



Japan’s navy—the Maritime Self Defense Force (MSDF)—will see a modest boost in ships. The number of diesel-electric submarines is set to rise from 16 to 22. Submarine construction is holding steady at one per year, and the rise will be accomplished, at least in the short term, by refurbishing submarines of the Oyashio class that would otherwise be retired.

Inside Japan’s New Defense Plan“, U.S. Naval Institute News, 12/20/13.


U.S. Naval Institute News: Asia’s Submarine Race


The trend to submarines reflects the desire of Asian countries to protect their recently acquired wealth and enduring economic interests. Much of Asia is dependent on open sea lanes to keep export-driven economies humming, and a recognition of the importance of sea power is driving a general naval expansion throughout the region.

Asia’s Submarine Race“, U.S. Naval Institute News, 11/13/13.

U.S. Naval Institute News: “Japan’s Amphibious Buildup”


Spurred on by those developments, Japan has accelerated what have been until now quiet plans to develop a specialized unit of marine infantry. This force, mentored by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, is seen by Japan as essential in guarding the Senkakus, as well as other disputed territories.

Japan’s Amphibious Buildup“, U.S. Naval Institute News, 10/8/13.