Taiwan Detected Eleven Chinese Ships Around Kinmen Island

The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense claimed they have detected eleven Chinese vessels around waters around Kinmen Island, making it the highest number this year. After the information cutoff time of 6 a.m. local time yesterday, China sent fifteen aircraft, eleven vessels, and one balloon into the sky and waters...

Maldives’ Election Commission Will Hold Parliament Elections on April 21st

The Maldivian Election Commission decided to hold the elections on April 21st from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time, and votes will be counted at 4:30 p.m.. Previously, the legislative elections were scheduled for March 17th, during Ramadan. However, the Parliament ratified a bill to move the elections to...

Potential Spy Balloon Recovered by Fishermen off Alaska Coast, per CNN

CNN National Security Correspondent Katie Bo Lillis, citing sources familiar with the matter, has reported that "commercial fishermen off the coast of Alaska have found what officials are concerned could be another spy balloon and are bringing it to shore with them," adding that "The FBI is meeting them...

China Express Dissatisfaction Over Sri Lankan Decision to Bar Research Vessels

Chinese officials have shown displeasure to Sri Lanka over the one-year ban on research vessels carrying out any surveys within the country's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), according to Sri Lankan sources. Sri Lanka decided on the ban in December 2023 due to receiving pressure from both India and the...

Myanmar Junta Shells Market in the Rakhine State Capital

The Myanmar military fired artillery at Myoma Market in the Rakhine capital city of Sittwe on February 29th. the shelling resulted in at least 12 civilians and injuring at least 80 people, with at least 31 seriously injured. The shelling allegedly originated from a naval base in the city and...

Taiwan Navy Commissions Fourth Tuo Chiang-Class Corvette

Taiwanese officials said the fourth corvette of the Chiang class, the Wu Chiang, will be commissioned on March 1st. Taiwan plans to deliver the fifth and sixth corvettes, the An Chiang and the Wan Chiang, by the end of this month due to a smooth construction process and being ahead...

Philippine Coast Guard Regains Access to Facebook Page

After being hacked earlier this week, Philippine officials regained control over the Facebook profile for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on February 29th, at 5:45 am local time. Three accounts were removed from having access to the Facebook page: Fatima Hasan, Murat Kansu, and Vicky Bates. An ongoing investigation is...

U.S. Navy Secretary Meets with South Korean Defense Companies

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro met with senior shipbuilding industry officials in South Korea on February 27th to view their advanced shipyards. Additionally, discussions described as "very productive" were held to bring Korean investment in commercial and naval shipbuilding to the United States. Del Toro arrived in Seoul on...

Philippine President Marcos Addresses Australian Parliament

The Philippines and Australia have developed their relations further by having President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. address the Australian Parliament during his two-day visit, where he described the future as "forward-looking and law-abiding." "Australia remains, and will continue to be, one of our closest friends. In the spirit of Bayanihan and...

AI Utilized by US Forces to Identify Hostile Targets in the Middle East

On February 29, it was reported that artificial intelligence (AI) systems were used to identify Houthi emplacements for targeting. These emplacements ranged from underground weapons storage facilities to air defense systems and radars.  According to Steven Feldstein, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, AI can “aggregate...

Singaporean Air Force to Purchase Eight F-35A Stealth Jets

Singapore plans to acquire an additional eight fifth-generation F-35As to complement the 12 F-35B aircraft already ordered by the Singaporean Air Force (SAF) and set to replace the aging F-16s for an unknown price. Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said the purchase will put the Singaporean Air Force into the...

Singaporean Defense Minister Outlines Conflict Risk During Committee Meeting

Growing tensions around the world have prompted Singaporean Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen to say that today's generation's risk of regional or global conflict is "non-zero" in the next ten years in a speech during the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) Committee of Supply (COS) budget debate yesterday, February 28th. Hen...

Suth Korean Political Parties Agree on Electoral Map for April Elections

Rival South Korean political parties have agreed today to an electoral map showing all districts for the upcoming parliamentary elections in April, following months of disagreement over the number of councilors within crucial districts. Leaders of the currently ruling People Power Party (PPP) and its main rival, the Democratic Party,...

US Army to Explore ISR Drone Swarms at Vanguard 2024

The United States Army will assess drone swarming capabilities "that have the ability to detect and prioritize threats autonomously and reorient sensors" during the Vanguard 2024 exercise at Fort Huachuca this September, according to AFCEA. While speaking about the exercise, Army ISR Task Force leader Andrew Evans stated that "It’s...

Japanese Prime Minister Apologizes for Political Scandal

Japanese Prime Minister (PM) Fumio Kishida apologized for actions described as "inviting suspicion and distrust in politics" due to a recent public funds scandal currently affecting the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on February 29th. Kishida made the comments during a televised session of the House of Representatives political ethics committee....