Dr. Thomas Mahnken moderates a Defense Innovation Panel during FPI’s day-long forum addressing a range of national security and foreign policy issues. This portion included a panel discussion with national security experts on defense innovation and cybersecurity challenges.
“Amphibious operations have been an element of naval warfare since ships first went to sea. For more than 2,000 years, naval forces have exploited coastal waters as maneuver space to attack their enemies' weak points, reinforce their own positions, and support littoral sea control. Since World War II, America has maintained the largest and most ready amphibious fleet in the world with an average of more than ten ships and 6,000 Marines on deployment every day since World War II. These forces have conducted more than 100 amphibious operations to cope with disasters, evacuate civilians, destroy coastal targets, and help U.S. allies and partners respond to crises.”
The Growing Competition in the Ocean of Space: Classic Maritime Strategy Applied to the Final Frontier
The United States needs a new lexicon that explains the space environment in clear terms. Whether Americans like it or not, space has morphed from our aspirational “final frontier” to an area defined by growing international competition that could flash into a hot war.
Last month, Houthi rebels in Yemen twice fired anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs) at the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason, forcing the ship to take defensive measures. In September, the same rebel group attacked a former U.S. high-speed vessel, burning it to the waterline.
Less than three decades after the end of the Cold War, the United States is once again confronted with great power competition in the Pacific, Europe, and beyond
Dr. Thomas G. Mahnken and LGEN Koichiro Bansho (JGSDF Ret.) discuss Japan’s efforts to rebalance its force posture at the Stimson Center.