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Defence-spending trends in Asia: a slowing pace?

Defence-economics data on 2017 budgets, released on the IISS Military Balance+, suggests a slowdown in Asian defence-spending increases, after years of strong growth. Lucie Béraud-Sudreau writes for Shangri-La Voices.

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US carriers – more support from amphibious fleet

The debate over the US Navy's nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (CVNs) is in full flood. Nick Childs suggests that the US should further develop its amphibious assault ships as support carriers.