The US Navy is beginning to work on a a next-generation carrier-launched fighter jet to replace the existing F/A-18 Super Hornet and Growler aircraft by 2030 and supplement the F-35C that the Pentagon is still developing, service officials said.
The US Navy effort, called the F/A-XX study, includes early work on the desired technological capabilities for the new aircraft. Continue reading
Greg Sheridan: THE AUSTRALIAN
THE United States embassy in Canberra advised President Barack Obama not to make the provocative, anti-Abbott speech on climate change which he made at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.
That the President acted against the advice of his own embassy reveals a deeply divided and in part dysfunctional Obama administration…
The speech was not only damaging for Tony Abbott, as it will be used by all his opponents on climate change up until the next election, it was a disaster for US foreign policy, because the gratuitous climate change remarks completely overshadowed all the regional and security content which Obama’s foreign policy team wanted to be the main point of his major address on his Asian tour…
Obama’s speech was deliberately designed to hurt Abbott… Historians of the relationship cannot cite a single similar example of a visiting president going out of his way to wound an Australian prime minister…
There was also an element of cowardice in the speech. Obama would never have given that speech at home before the congressional mid-term elections. There would have been some courage in such a speech delivered, say, in West Virginia, or Ohio, a week before the mid-terms. Continue reading
President Obama has incited tensions with some in the higher levels of Australian government after using his closing remarks at the G20 summit to demand Australia do more to protect the Great Barrier Reef. In response, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop sent a letter to President Obama “briefing” him on the government’s extensive work in protecting the natural treasure.
President Obama’s statements towards the end of the summit appeared to be a response to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s insistence that the G20 leaders discuss pressing economic topics at the conference and not “climate change.” Abbott has previously dismissed climate change as a less serious issue facing the world today than various regional economic crises, wars, and the ever-constant threat of terror.
The Abbott administration also led the charge to repeal Australia’s carbon tax, which had significantly damaged the growth of the economy. Continue reading
The head of the National Security Agency revealed to a Congressional panel that China and “probably one or two other” countries have the ability to shut down the nation’s power grid and other critical infrastructures through cyberwarfare.
Admiral Michael Rogers, who is also the head of the U.S. Cyber Command, said that U.S. intelligence has detected malware from China and elsewhere on computer systems within the U.S. that affect the daily lives of every American.
“It enables you to shut down very segmented, very tailored parts of our infrastructure that forestall the ability to provide that service to us as citizens,” Rogers said during his review with the House Intelligence Committee.
Rogers sees these attacks as part of “coming trends” in which hostile nations and other actors exploit vulnerabilities in U.S. cyber systems. Continue reading
Both of the Amphibious Assault Ships ordered by the Russian Navy from the French shipyards at St. Nazaire are in the water. The Russian Navy Ship Vladivostok is complete and awaits delivery whilst her sister ship the Sevastopol has been launched and awaits outfitting. It has been reported by STRATFOR that up to 400 Russian sailors are training aboard the Vladivostok but they are forbidden to stay aboard during the night and must return to barracks in St. Nazaire to sleep.
Obviously the French company DCNS and the French government are nervous about a repeat of the 1969 Israeli seizing of its five missile boats from a Cherbourg shipyard, when France attempted to back out of the contract by cancelling the export licenses after the ships had been purchased. Israel simply took all five boats to sea covertly and they ended up in Israel. Continue reading