NavWeek: Maritime Matters

RSS

With good reason, there is global concern about the new Chinese air defense zone recently announced blanketing most of the sky above the East China Sea. What is more interesting, though, is that there has been little or none of this uproar with the same kind of Chinese bluster IN the East China Sea as well as the South China Sea.

blog post photo

Indeed there have been at-sea-level skirmishes for some time now in both areas, not only between Chinese and opposing forces, but also between other Asia-Pacific countries as well.

Moreover, pirates, sea-terrorists or whatever else you want to call them continue to ply the waters here. The rest of the world seems to think that piracy rises and falls on the numbers reported off African coasts, but sailors in Asia-Pacific waters know better.

It’s no coincidence that the nations in that region are investing just as much in their military shipbuilding programs as they are in aviation-related ones.  And many of their defense aviation-related investments have to do with maritime patrols or other coastal missions.

The world’s eyes may be trained on the skies now for potential battles. But the truth is that conflict has already begun on the seas and THAT is where real wars, if there are any, are likely to begin.

As U.S. Navy officials have been saying for some time now, the Pacific pivot and rebalancing of Pentagon resources back to the Asia-Pacific is a naval one at its core.

Please or Register to post comments.

What's Ares?

Aviation Week's defense blog

From The Archives

Aviation Week is approaching its 100th anniversary in 2016. In a series of blogs, our editors highlight editorial content from the magazine's long and rich history.

 

Aug 27, 2015
blog

Aviation Week Lifts Veil On Boeing B-52 Bomber (1952) 16

In 1952, Aviation Week provided the first details on the new Boeing B-52 bomber....More
Aug 14, 2015
blog

Bonanza Travel Pays 3

The legendary Beechcraft Bonanza has an impressive production record, so perhaps the marketers back in 1949 were onto something when they coined the phrase "Bonanza travel pays."...More
Aug 14, 2015
blog

Venerable Boeing 727 Prototype To Fly Again 29

The most famous 727, the prototype aircraft which would join United as N7001U, was delivered to the airline in October 1964 having served its time as a Boeing test aircraft....More
Aug 13, 2015
blog

Aviation Week And The Bomb

Aviation News did not predict how nuclear weapons would change the world. But neither did anyone else....More
Aug 13, 2015
blog

Collins Radar Takes The Ups And Downs Out Of Flying

Turbulence? Rockwell Collins had a solution for those bumpy rides in the early 80s with its WXR-700 Doppler Weather Radar....More
Blog Archive
Penton Corporate

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×