The Changing Face of Naval Simulation & Training
Digitisation has accelerated the growth in virtual training for military forces, including the navy. To enhance force readiness, the virtual training system needs to reflect an environment that is as close to real-life as possible. The question is, how close is close enough?
COVID-19 accelerates maritime insecurity
COVID-19 is showing the world how a health crisis can exert disproportionate pressure on existing social and political fissures. The Asia Pacific maritime environment is no exception, with hybrid challenges persisting and non-conventional incidents on the rise. As state budgets adjust to accommodate the health crisis, non-state actors are escalating violence on land that is spilling over into the maritime domain. Before the onset of the pandemic, illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing incidents were gaining recognition as a serious security issue. Known as hybrid challenges, these incidents are characterised by the combination of regular and irregular tactics used by adversaries to exploit
Japan’s White Paper highlights regional threats and planned procurements
The Defense of Japan White Paper outlined Japan’s defence procurement targets, with cyber and electronic warfare prominently highlighted. These include the research and development of standoff electronic warfare aircraft as well as electromagnetic jamming-resistant platforms such as the Lockheed Martin F-35A/B aircraft.