Monthly archive January, 2012
F-15K twice as likely to be grounded than other ROK Aircraft

F-15K twice as likely to be grounded than other ROK Aircraft

It has been a rough few months for the F-15 in Asia, losing parts midair and running off runways in Japan, or the up and down roller coaster that has been the F-15 Silent Eagle project (and back on). Now comes word that the F-15K’s unavailability rates are near double that of other ROK fighters, owing...

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Russia's Sukhoi Follows in Boeing's Footsteps, Pulls Out of South Korean Fighter Project

Russia’s Sukhoi Follows in Boeing’s Footsteps, Pulls Out of South Korean Fighter Project

In what was already a bad week for South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA, 방위사업청), Russian aircraft manufacturer , Sukhoi (ОАО “Компания “Сухой”) has dropped out of DAPA’s FX-III fighter acquisition program, after failing to submit an application to attend Monday’s Request for Proposal (RFP) meeting in which DAPA outlined their next generation fighter...

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ROK Special Forces are Unstoppable at Playing in the Snow

ROK Special Forces are Unstoppable at Playing in the Snow

I’m gonna let this one speak for itself: I get a kick out of East Asian military portrayals and public perceptions, from the sublime wackiness of the Japanese Self Defense Force’s Prince Pickles and Miss Parsley to the ROK Navy’s Blue Paper teaching magic tricks (be sure to scroll down to catch ‘surprised cat’ and...

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Boeing backs away from F-15 Silent Eagle development, ROK left hanging

Boeing backs away from F-15 Silent Eagle development, ROK left hanging

Writing about the Republic of Korea’s rapid advancement in military prowess generally points towards the positive, the country having accomplished great leaps in a short span of time, but when this topic veers to that of ROK Air superiority, the current South Korean state of affairs can be lumped in with what has become the...

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Monday Morning Reading for 01/23

Monday Morning Reading for 01/23

WORLD

World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers 2005
US State Department

The US State Department released its World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers 2005 report last week with a ton of stats for you to wade through. This and future WMEAT reports will only be available online. Welcome to the future.

 

NORTH KOREA

Review Roundtable: “No Exit: North Korea, Nuclear Weapons and International Security”
Toby Dalton, Jeffrey Lewis, Sue Terry, Sung-Yoon Lee and Jonathan D. Pollack [NBR]

A series of reviews of Jonathan D. Pollack’s new IISS Adelphi Paper. For those of us outside academia, the actual monograph itself will be far too expensive pick up ourselves, so this review is possibly the next best thing.

Some other good articles on the North Korea leadership transition were released last week: Peter Drysdale’s North Korean Realities at East Asia Forum and CFR’s interview with Scott A. Snyder.

 

SOUTH KOREA

South Korea’s Policy Toward China After President Lee’s Visit
Jaeho Hwang [CSIS]

Hwang gives brief overview of the recent Sino-Korean relationship and uses it to suggest that the Lee Myung-bak’s talk of a strategic cooperative relationship with China is premature.

 

JAPAN

Annual Japanese polls on views toward the U.S. out of sync
William Brooks [APP]

It’s somewhat common to pour over the details of public opinion polls on the US-Japan relationship for signs of strength or cracks, but William Brooks does just this with the Cabinet opinion poll and the recent Yomiuri-Gallup poll. What he finds is a disjuncture between the two. It makes for an interesting read as he tries to shine light on the differences.

 

BONUS VIDEO

Start your week off with a Hu Jintao serenade: [via FP Passport]

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How China is Advancing Its Military Reach

How China is Advancing Its Military Reach

China has the largest standing army in the world with 2,285,000 personnel and an annual budget US$114.3 billion. As the US shifts its focus to Asia, Alexander Neill, head of the Asia Security Programme at the Royal United Services Institute, writes about Chinese military advances that challenge regional balances.

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Japan's Space Agency to Take On National Security Role

Japan’s Space Agency to Take On National Security Role

Japan’s answer to NASA – JAXA – is slated to add defense and intelligence tasks to its traditionally civilian role. Kyodo explains: A government panel on space program strategy plans to revise a law to allow the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to step outside its current commitment to peaceful projects and become involved in the use of...

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Links for 1/16/12

  * Chinese fisherman indicted for murder of South Korean coastguardsman * Leadership transition in North Korea * Bad English alert: Malaysian MoD web site warns against clothes that “poke the eye” * Indonesia sending observers to Cambodia, Thailand territorial dispute * South Korean military focusing on future island confrontations

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South Korea seeking US Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

South Korea seeking US Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Pardon me while I dust off a bit of holiday haze. The spouse and I share birthdays that extend beyond the New Year, assuring little cognizance from near Christmas until now. I’m playing a bit of catch-up. Consider this a preview of the South Korean Unmanned Ariel Vehicle (UAV) article I’ve been wanting to post since about October....

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China’s Mekong Predicament

China’s Mekong Predicament

China is breaking from tradition by seeking to co-police the Mekong with its Southeast Asian partners. It is an ambitious endeavour with many challenges ahead.

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Monday Morning Reading for 01/16

Monday Morning Reading for 01/16

Start your week with ASW's Monday Morning Reading, with some of the more in-depth articles we came across to keep you going throughout your working week.

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Links for 1/13/12

  * Time for the U.S. Marines to vacate Okinawa? * North Korea’s MiG-29 fleet * Burma, Thailand agree to stronger military ties * Thailand, U.S., South Korea, Malaysia Japan, Singapore to participate in Cobra Gold 2012 * U.S. maritime patrol aircraft in Philippines exercises

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