Asia Security & Defense Analysis

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22.04.16: Commentary
"Tailored Deterrence: Influencing North Korean Decision-Making"
The Diplomat

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"PLA reforms: Toward winning 'informationised local wars'
Lowy Interpreter (Sydney)

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"The Real Star Wars: Improving Satellite Defences"
RSIS Commentary

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"China and the Three Warfares"
The Diplomat


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Timely and policy relevant analysis

"Tailored Deterrence: Influencing North Korean Decision-Making"
RSIS Commentary
The Diplomat

"The Real Star Wars: Improving Satellite Defences"
RSIS Commentary

"PLA reforms: Toward winning 'informationised local wars'
Lowy Interpreter

"China and the Three Warfares"
The Diplomat

"Cyber-Enabled Hybrid Conflicts In East Asia"
RSIS Commentary

"Submarine Surge in East Asia"
The Marine Professional (March 2015)

In the News
Media appearances and newspaper interviews

"(News Focus) Diplomatic quandary looms over South China Sea dispute"
Yonhap News Agency (Seoul) 10 May 2016

"China’s President, Xi Jinping, Gains a New Title: Commander in Chief"
The New York Times 21 April 2016

"Xi Jinping's latest title: Commander in chief of battle command centre"
The Straits Times (Singapore) 22 April 2016

"Why Japan is facing pressure to return to military research" 08 March 2016
The Stack

"Not Top Gun yet: China struggles with warplane engine technology"
Reuters (Singapore) 28 Jan 2016

"NK nuclear bomb test a threat to peace and security"
Sydney Morning Herald - 6 Jan 2016

Academic Papers
Journal articles

Book Review:
"Rebalancing US Forces: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific." Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 37, No. 1 (2015), pp. 146–49.

"RMA Paths and Patterns in
South Korea's Military Modernization"
Korean Journal of Defense Analysis (23)3: 369–385. [PDF]

"The Five Waves of RMA Theory"
Pointer-Journal of Singapore Armed Forces (36)3-4.

Beyond the Bomb in the Basement:
Israel's Nuclear Predicament
Asian Journal of Public Affairs (1)2 [PDF]

Book Chapters
Edited volume contributions

"Diesel-Electric Submarine Modernization in Asia: The Role of Air-Independent Propulsion Systems" In: Bitzinger, Richard: Emerging Critical Technologies and Security in the Asia-Pacific (London: Palgrave Macmillan, Forthcoming)

"Capacity For Innovation: Technological Drivers of China’s Future Military Modernization" - with Richard Bitzinger; In: Kamphausen, Roy and David Lai, The Chinese People's Liberation Army in 2025 (Carlisle, PA, Strategic Studies Institute, 2015).

"China’s Strategic Imprint on the Korean Peninsula: Crisis Scenarios and Implications for the US-ROK Alliance" In: Li, Mingjiang and Kemburi, Kalyan (eds.) New Dynamics in US-China Relations (London: Routledge, 2014).

My selected public lectures and presentations

"The Six-Day War: Israel’s Strategy and the Role of Air Power" RSIS [PDF]

"The Development of Precision-Guided Munitions"
GKS Command & Staff College

"Conceptual History of the RMA"
GKS Command & Staff College

"Decoding China's CyberWarfare: Perceptions, Strategies, and Capabilities" RSIS [PDF]

"China's Ballistic Missiles Modernization"

MTP Reports
RSIS MTP Publications

Russian Arms Transfers and Asian Military Modernisation
Richard Bitzinger

"U.S. Conventional Prompt Strike: Potential Implications for the Asia Pacific"
Benjamin Schreer

"America’s Third Offset Strategy: New Military Technologies and Implications for the Asia Pacific"
Peter Dombrowski

"A Tale of Two Conflicts: The East and South China Seas Disputes and the Risk of War"
Ian Forsyth

"Confronting Cybersecurity Challenges: Israel’s Evolving Cyber Defence Strategy"
Michael Raska


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