Germany carrying the torch in Europe, but dragging its armed forces along the way, by Juan Del Pozo

  Earlier this year US President Donald Trump had shown his discontent for the lack of contribution of Germany to the NATO effort. “If you look at NATO, where Germany pays 1 percent and we are paying 4.2 percent of a much bigger GDP, that´s not fair”, he said.   This statement contrasts with Angela … Continue reading Germany carrying the torch in Europe, but dragging its armed forces along the way, by Juan Del Pozo

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Commercial war in the Indian Ocean; is the OBOR initiative taking a next step towards a military escalation?, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

US Marine Corp General Thomas Waldhauser, top military commander in Africa, has stated his concern over the now undeniable control of China over the port facilities in Djibouti, which could eventually lead to restrictions in the use of these facilties to other clients, thus hampering the adequate supply to US forces deployed in the región … Continue reading Commercial war in the Indian Ocean; is the OBOR initiative taking a next step towards a military escalation?, by Juan Del Pozo Berenguer

Big debt in big Africa: who´s to blame? by J. Del Pozo Berenguer

In his address to the George Mason University in March 2018, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson energetically critisized China´s approach to the infrastructure gap issue which the African continent is facing. The main target of his criticism was the galloping debt generated by China´s investment which lacks, he says, sustainability, and raises considerable doubt as … Continue reading Big debt in big Africa: who´s to blame? by J. Del Pozo Berenguer

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

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