The US Marines Corps wants to revolutionize its Human Resources strategy to face China

Since his arrival at the head of the United States Marine Corps in March 2019, General David H. Berger has undertaken a huge project to transform this elite unit. While since the end of the Cold War, the Corps had gradually evolved into a high quality mechanized infantry unit, widely deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq for example, it had to profoundly change the very structure of this professional army to return to its fundamental mission, the amphibious assault, in particular to be able to meet the potential challenge posed by the modernization of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. For…

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US soldiers have been deployed for more than a year on the island of Taiwan

Since 1979, and the dissolution of the US Taiwan Defense Command on the altar of the normalization of relations between Washington and Beijing, the United States had officially withdrawn all of their forces present on the island of Taiwan since the rupture between the authorities of the island and the People's Republic of China in 1949. And if the United States had always respected, more or less zealously, the commitment made to Taipei to guarantee the security of the island, no American military had been deployed there since, in order to respect the commitments made to the Chinese authorities. Officially at least, since according to a Wall Street article…

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The F-35B, a real success but a severe handicap for the Joint Strike Fighter program

On October 3, 2021, after a year-long modernization program, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces' assault helicopter carrier Izumo saw the first sight of an F-35B combat aircraft. United States Marine Corps Lightning II take off from its flight deck (main illustration photo), some 76 years after the last plane of the Empire of Japan left the deck of an aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy. After the United States, Great Britain and Italy, it is the 4th country to implement Lockheed-Martin's American stealth fighter with vertical or short take-off and landing from an aircraft carrier, corn…

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India relaunches competition to build 4 amphibious assault ships

India's weapons programs are almost always extraordinarily complex, and quite often they fail even when a winner has been chosen, colliding with the country's technocracy. This was the case of the MMRCA program (126 Rafale) canceled in 2015, as well as the competition to acquire 6 tanker aircraft, won twice by the A330MRTT in 2006 and 2013, and twice canceled in 2010 and 2016, or the program FGFA which planned to design with Russia a replacement for the Su-30MKI on the basis of the Su-57 and which was canceled in 2018 by New Delhi. This was also the case with…

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Chinese Navy has held 120 exercises over the past 3 months

“Sweat saves blood” used to say the architect and military strategist of Louis XIV, Vauban. And sweat, the Chinese military has obviously not lacked in recent months. Indeed, according to the CCP-affiliated site globaltimes.cn, the Chinese navy in cooperation with other arms of the People's Liberation Army, has organized nearly 120 naval, naval air and amphibious exercises in the past 3 months alone, including 50 of them took place near the island of Taiwan. Beyond the already extraordinarily high number of exercises that took place, the (partial) information provided by the Taiwanese authorities on many of them...

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Russian military naval production now surpasses Europe

On August 23, President Vladimir Putin announced the launch of the construction of 6 new ships for the Russian military fleet during his visit to the ARMY-2021 exhibition which is being held at Patriot Park in the suburbs of Moscow. Thus, these are 2 new nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines of the Borei-A class, 2 conventionally powered Project 636.3 improved Kilo submarines and 2 light frigates whose exact model has not been announced (22380 or 22385 ) which will be built at the shipyards of Severodvinsk, St. Petersburg and Komsomolsk-on-Amur. In recent months, Vladimir Putin has become accustomed to this type of announcement concerning…

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Joe Biden aligns US commitment to defend Taiwan with that of NATO

The American President is strongly contested in the United States but also on the international scene since the catastrophic collapse of the state structures and the Afghan army in just a few weeks once the withdrawal of the American soldiers began. In particular, many are those who make the link between this withdrawal and the determination, which they now consider questionable, of the United States to ensure the security of its close allies, including among the leaders of certain NATO countries. It is to explain himself on these questions that the American president granted an interview to the ABC channel, an interview during which he was above all questioned about the supposed…

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DARPA is again interested in Ekranoplan

In September 2020, three American officers from the US Navy and Marine Corps published a flamboyant article on the website of the very serious US Naval Institute. Captain of the Marines Walker D. Mills, Lieutenant-Commander Phillips-Levine and Captain of the US Navy Joshua Taylor presented, in fact, a remarkable analysis on the opportunity for the American armies to develop and deploy a fleet of 'Ekanoplan, also Wing in Ground effect or WIG across the Atlantic, to evolve and strengthen the strategic transport capabilities of US forces in the face of the challenges posed by specific geography and the denial of Chinese access to the Pacific. Obviously,…

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Swarm of drones and directed energy, the American technological duo to overcome the denial of access

Between the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 2010s, Western air forces, and American ones in particular, were certain of being able to impose their superiority in the air on any other power, to the point of engaging major campaigns without ever needing to deploy ground troops, as in Kosovo in 1999 during Operation Allied Force, or in Libya in 2011 during Operation Harmattan for France and Unified Protector for the UN. But the gradual arrival of new anti-aircraft defense systems, such as the S-400 (2007) and S-350 (2019) in Russia, and the HQ-9B (2007) and HQ-16 (2012) in …

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Coastal defense batteries return to center stage

Traditionally, until the mid-60s, ports and military arsenals, as well as certain strategic locations on the coast, were frequently protected by coastal batteries, both anti-aircraft and anti-ship. But the erosion of the threat, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union, as well as the appearance and democratization of missiles on board combat ships, led many countries to do without these defenses. However, in recent years, several armies have undertaken to acquire new capabilities of this type, in particular by acquiring coastal batteries equipped with anti-ship missiles. How can we explain this return to favor of defense batteries…

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