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Pacific Pivot Party Poopers

Pacific Pivot Party Poopers

Guess what the rascally Chinese have been using as a target to test their new anti-ship ballistic missile, the DF-21D? I’ll give you a hint, it represents something grey that weighs a hundred thousand tonnes.

Here’s a story from Taiwan about the tests: http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130123000112&cid=1101.

But that’s not the really disturbing part. Australia’s defence policy rests on American power projection in the Pacific. That means free movement of those big USN aircraft carriers. And the debate on whether the carrier’s day is ending has already begun, currently led by the career naval aviator Captain HJ Hendrix, USN. See here for his seminal paper on cost/benefit and survivability: http://www.cnas.org/atwhatcostacarrier

It’s okay, Australia, you can go back to sleep. I’m sure everything will be fine…

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