US Pacific Fleet smaller, even as China’s military grows

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Pacific Fleet is shrinking even as the U.S. and its allies are facing challenges posed by China’s growing military power.

U.S. Navy officials say the more advanced ships of today make up for the decline in numbers. But the Navy has also had to lengthen deployments and postpone maintenance to maintain its presence with fewer ships.

Peter Jennings, an expert at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute think tank, said the issue in peacetime is whether there are enough American vessels to reassure friends and allies. Continue reading

China behind massive cyber-attack on Australian govt, says ABC report

A major cyber-attack against Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology that may have compromised potentially sensitive national security information is being blamed on China, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Wednesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology owns one of Australia’s largest supercomputers and the attack, which the ABC said occurred in recent days, may have allowed those responsible access to the Department of Defense through a linked network. Continue reading

Beijing could establish S China Sea ADIZ after Xi’s US visit: expert

It is only a matter of time before China establishes an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea, according to Peter Jennings of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

Speaking at a forum of the Washington-based think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Tuesday, Jennings said that the ADIZ will likely be announced shortly after Chinese president Xi Jinping’s scheduled visit to the United States in September. Continue reading