Monthly archives: April 2009

7 posts

Learning from others’ mistakes

There are many lessons to be learned from the sinking of MV Explorer. An article from the Maritime Journal contains a detailed report on the inquiry’s findings.  Already, the U.S. is recommending new regulations to control commercial shipping in the antarctic region. The inquiry states that, despite extensive experience in […]


Analysis of China’s new twist to the Law of the Sea Convention and its definitions

On 8 March 2009, according to the Pentagon, “five Chinese vessels shadowed and aggressively maneuvered in dangerously close proximity to USNS Impeccable in an apparent coordinated effort to harass the US ocean surveillance ship while it was conducting routine operations in international waters.” In fact, the incident took place approximately […]


Secretary of Defence Gates announces program cuts

Dr. Stan Weeks has provided a quick budgetary assessment of the programs cancelled or amended yesterday by the Secretary of Defence, Robert Gates: VH-71 Presidential Helicopter cancelled – six years behind schedule; CSAR-X helicopter cancelled – a troubled program; TSAT program cancelled – will buy more AEHF satellites instead; Second […]


“A New Obama Maritime Strategy” by Prof. Tom Fedyszyn, USNWC*

Professor Tom Fedyszyn of the U.S. Naval War College has released a PowerPoint briefing, entitled “A New Obama Maritime Strategy,” that contains the professor’s views about how President Obama will approach maritime strategy, the roles of the U. S. navy, and the acquisition of new warships. The release of this […]


“Not an Impeccable Argument”by Mark J. Valencia*

Moderator’s Note:  This article is available online at: <> This article is related to Mark Valencia’s recent PFO “Tempting the Dragon”, NAPSNet PFO 09020, published March 12, 2009. <> “Not an Impeccable Argument” Disclaimer The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect […]


China, the Unites States, and the UNCLOS Treaty

Mark J. Valencia, a maritime policy analyst based in Kaneohe, Hawaii, has written an important essay that has been published on-line by “Nautilus,” the forum of the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network.  Valencia’s essay, entitled “Not an Impeccable Argument.”  Among his most interesting assertions is that the American legal […]