Rumblings in China, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

In September 2013, Chinese President Xi Jingping announced the creation of the Silk Road Economic Belt initiative. This initiative, together with the New Maritime Silk Road, which also made her debut from the hands of President Jingping in October of that same year, are known together as the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, and … Continue reading Rumblings in China, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

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Overflight!, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

An encounter with an aircraft can generate some tension. The first dilema is to correctly classify the contact, which requires an accurate identification first, to rule out by-passers who just happen to be flying around, and from that point on a number of new hypothetic situations may arise. When we report a civilian airliner, the … Continue reading Overflight!, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

Just a thought on the use of anti-air missiles in surface mode from a holistic standpoint, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

For quite some years now, western navies have been passionately dedicated to the evolution of anti-air missiles, providing them with some very interesting capabilities, most notoriously the anti-ship one. But anti-ship specifically designed missiles like the HARPOON have not been subject of the same interest. This missile was originally designed to be used against the … Continue reading Just a thought on the use of anti-air missiles in surface mode from a holistic standpoint, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

Let´s train an AEW crew member, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

INTRODUCTION My good friend George Bernard Shaw once said: "I like to quote myself; it adds spice to my conversations". Of course I dare not compare myself with Mr Shaw, although I must admit I am much more attractive than he could ever presume (apologies for the insolence, Mr Shaw). And as it so happens, … Continue reading Let´s train an AEW crew member, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

Suppose we defend ourselves from an attacking aircraft, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

Rear Admiral Allan Smith once said that “When you can´t go where you want to, when you want to, you no longer have control of the sea”, on account of the impossibility of landing his amphibious force in Wonson beach during the Korean War, as the approaches were contaminated with enemy mines. But, this is … Continue reading Suppose we defend ourselves from an attacking aircraft, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

Multimission Squadrons; a small piece of my mind, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

Sir Humphrey Appleby was an intelligent man. Very intelligent even for a fictional character. But like any person who´s been in the business for a long time, he was obsessed with change. To that end, he was quite convinced that, if you start talking about something, eventually people will start thinking about it. But what … Continue reading Multimission Squadrons; a small piece of my mind, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

UAV vs AEW??, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

In recent years, AWACS units have gradually been slowing down their upgrades, in some cases limited to improving communications only. Some have argued that there is no need to improve their capabilities as the strategic environment we are in has less and less missions where these assets may be put into good use. Further more, … Continue reading UAV vs AEW??, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer