The Mission of the Institute is to provide an independent forum for those who dare to read, think, speak, and write in order to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to national defense.
The Philippines and Vietnam each received warships this week to beef up their navies as they face tensions with China over disputed islands—raising the prospect of a deepening arms race in the South China Sea.
Somali pirates have outrun the world's navies, and are still hijacking ships in the Gulf of Aden. So now shipping companies are turning to guns-for-hire for protection. The mercenaries may be better equipped to handle the job than the military.