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As a researcher in the Military Studies Programme, Ben works primarily on naval affairs. Topics that he is particularly interested in are maritime aviation, sub-surface warfare, anti-access/area-denial strategies/capacities, and the naval history of World War Two. His secondary research areas include airpower, irregular warfare, maritime hybrid warfare, as well as light-infantry and special operations. Ben’s writings have appeared in the peer-reviewed publications Naval War College Review and the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, on top of websites like The Diplomat, The National Interest, and RUSI Defence Systems. He has been quoted on defence/security issues in various leading media outlets, such as Jane’s Navy International, South China Morning Post, and Voice of America.
Ben also teaches junior and mid-ranking personnel of the Singapore Armed Forces (from officer cadets up to the staff college level) a wide variety of topics, like seapower, airpower, insurgency/counter-insurgency, force transformation, and joint operations.
Areas of Expertise
- Naval affairs
- Hybrid warfare
- Irregular warfare
- Light-infantry and special operations
- Guest columnist, Asian Military Review, 2018-Present.
- “Shortfalls in the Marine Corps’ EABO Concept” in Proceedings, 146, 7, 2020, pp. 30-34
- “Deployment Options for the Future Royal Navy’s Long-Range Land-Attack Fires” in The RUSI Journal, 2020
- “Attaining maritime superiority in an A2/AD era: Lessons from the Battle of Bismarck Sea” in Joint Force Quarterly, 96, 1st Quarter, 2020, 96-104
- Ho, Ben. “The aircraft carrier in Indian naval doctrine: assessing the likely usefulness of the flat-top in an Indo-Pakistani war scenario”, Naval War College Review, Vol. 71, No. 1 (Winter 2018): 71-91.
- Ho, Ben. "The combat utility of the U.S. fleet aircraft carrier in the post-war period." Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, Vol. 16, No. 4(2016): 67-105.
- “The vulnerability of air bases”, Asian Military Review, 1 June 2020
- “Seapower via airpower: Norway 1940 revisited”, U.S. Naval Institute Blog, 5 May 2020
- “The Loyal Wingman for Singapore’s air force?”, Defence Connect, 9 April 2020
- “More thoughts on Singapore’s F-35”, Asian Military Review, 1 April 2020
- “Air-defence challenges in the new decade”, Asian Military Review, 31 March 2020
- “Analysing Singapore’s F-35B acquisition”, Asian Military Review, 1 February 2020
- “Whither Singapore’s Joint Multi Mission Ship”, East Asia Forum, 30 January 2020
- “The value of shore-based airpower for maritime strike”, Asian Military Review, 31 December 2019
- “Employing the ‘Barca Method’ using submarines”, Asian Military Review, 25 December 2019
- “South Korea joins Asia’s Carrier Race”, Asian Military Review, 3 October 2019
- “Whither China’s recent ASBM test?”, Asian Military Review, 16 August 2019
- “Major General Charles Callwell—the Forgotten Maritime Strategist”, Proceedings, 11 July 2019
- “The Strategic Utility of Diego Garcia”, Asian Military Review, 10 June 2019
- “Assessing Malaysia’s Light Combat Aircraft Options”, Asian Military Review, 1 May 2019
- “Diplomacy matters, but deterrence even more so to safeguard Singapore’s interests”, The Straits Times, 5 March 2019
- “Assessing the Sea of Azov Littoral Battlespace”, United States Naval Institute Blog, 11 January 2019
- “The Strategic Significance of Manus Island for the U.S. Navy”, Proceedings Today, 26 December 2018
- “Are Aircraft Carriers Still Relevant?”, The Diplomat, 15 November 2018
- “Taiwan’s cruise missile deterrent strategy”, Asian Military Review, 7 November 2018
- “Increase the Carrier Air Wing Size”, Proceedings Today, 9 October 2018
- Ho, Ben and Lehmann, Gary, “The next Pacific war: Lessons from Wake Island for the PLA”, Breaking Defense, July 1, 2018, https://breakingdefense.com/2018/07/the-next-pacific-war-lessons-from-wake-island-for-the-pla/
- Ho, Ben, “Little men in black: The frogman threat in maritime hybrid warfare”, Center for International Maritime Security, May 7, 2018, http://cimsec.org/little-black-men-frogman-threat-maritime-hybrid-warfare/36373
- Ho, Ben, “Syria, 14 April 2018: The great standoff weapons party”, United States Naval Institute Blog, April 30, 2018, https://blog.usni.org/posts/2018/04/30/syria-14-april-2018-the-great-standoff-weapons-party
- Ho, Ben, “Will the Izumo-class be Japan’s aircraft carrier for the 21st century?”, IAPS Dialogue, April 11, 2018, https://iapsdialogue.org/2018/04/11/will-the-izumo-class-be-japans-aircraft-carrier-for-the-21st-century/
- Ho, Ben and Lehmann, Gary, “Harrier or Joint Strike Fighter for Marines’ Expeditionary Advance Base Operations?”, United States Naval Institute Blog, March 8, 2018, https://blog.usni.org/posts/2018/03/08/harrier-or-joint-strike-fighter-for-marines-expeditionary-advanced-based-operations
- Ho, Ben. “How might China fight a Sino-Indian naval war?”, IAPS Dialogue, January 25, 2018, https://iapsdialogue.org/2018/01/25/how-might-china-fight-a-sino-indian-naval-war/
- Ho, Ben. “Hey Navy, LCS is too big to hide”, Breaking Defense, January 24, 2018, https://breakingdefense.com/2018/01/hey-navy-lcs-is-too-big-to-hide/
- Ho, Ben “The Royal Navy's new carriers might not be ‘supercarriers’ (but they can kill)”, The National Interest, January 19, 2018, http://nationalinterest.org/print/blog/the-buzz/the-royal-navys-new-carriers-might-not-be-supercarriers-they-24143
- Ho, Ben. "The Tomahawk missile - the weapon of choice for US presidents", TODAY, April 7, 2017. http://www.todayonline.com/world/middle-east/tomahawk-missile-weapon-choice-us-presidents-clinton-trump.
- Ho, Ben. "Assessing the Admiral Kuznetsov Deployment in the Syrian Conflict", Real Clear Defense, November 22, 2016. https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2016/11/22/assessing_the_admiral_kuznetsov_deployment_in_the_syrian_conflict_110373.html.
- Ho, Ben and Wu Shang-Su. "Taiwan's Interest in Aegis Warships: Would They Make Operational Sense During Cross-Strait Hostilities?", RUSI Defence Systems, October 31, 2016. https://rusi.org/publication/rusi-defence-systems/taiwan’s-interest-aegis-warships-would-they-make-operational-sense.
- Ho, Ben. "The utility of the U.S. Navy’s amphibious assault ships as small-deck carriers”, RUSI Defence Systems, August 25, 2016. https://rusi.org/publication/rusi-defence-systems/utility-us-navy%E2%80%99s-amphibious-assault-ships-small-deck-carriers.
- Ho, Ben. "This Naval Battle Could Have Changed the Course of WW2", The Diplomat, July 21, 2016. http://thediplomat.com/2016/07/this-naval-battle-could-have-changed-the-course-of-ww2/.
- Ho, Ben. "Why the U.S. Gator Navy needs the EV-22", The Diplomat, June 18, 2016. http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/why-the-us-gator-navy-needs-the-ev-22.
- Ho, Ben. "Opinion: It's time to rethink U.S. carrier CONOPS". USNI News, May 24, 2016. https://news.usni.org/2016/05/24/carrier_conops.
- Ho, Ben. "Kicking down the door: Ohio-class subs vs. China's A2/AD." The National Interest, April 4, 2016. http://nationalinterest.org/feature/kicking-down-the-door-ohio-class-subs-vs-chinas-a2-ad-15664.
- Ho, Ben. “The strategic attractions of Djibouti”, The Interpreter, March 18, 2016. http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/post/2016/03/18/The-strategic-attraction-of-Djibouti.aspx.
- Ho, Ben. “Fixing the U.S. Navy’s anti-surface warfare shortfall”, The Diplomat, March 10, 2016. http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/fixing-the-us-navys-anti-surface-warfare-shortfall.
- Ho, Ben and Paulsson, Henrik. "The maritime threat of the Islamic State in Libya: A case of much ado over nothing?", offiziere.ch, February 16, 2016. https://www.offiziere.ch/?p=26491.
- Ho, Ben. “Whither Britain’s Queen Elizabeth supercarrier?”, RealClearDefense, February 5, 2016. http://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2016/02/05/whither_britains_queen_elizabeth_supercarrier_108987.html.
- Ho, Ben. “Would Britain really be back as a traditional carrier power?”, RealClearDefense, January 12, 2016. http://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2016/01/12/would_britain_really_be_back_as_a_traditional_carrier_power_108890.html.
- Ho, Ben. “The case for carriers: Rebutting Norman Polmar”, Breaking Defense, December 28, 2015. http://breakingdefense.com/2015/12/the-case-for-carriers-rebutting-norman-polmar.
- Ho, Ben. "The Chinese Submarine Threat", The Diplomat, December 10, 2015. http://thediplomat.com/2015/12/the-chinese-submarine-threat.
- Ho, Ben. "U.S. Navy: Time to Bring Back the S-3 Viking?", The Diplomat, November 9, 2015. http://thediplomat.com/2015/11/u-s-navy-time-to-bring-back-the-s-3-viking.
- Ho, Ben. "Egypt’s Acquisition of the Mistral Amphibious Assault Ship: An Operational Analysis", Center for International Maritime Security, October 8, 2015. http://cimsec.org/egypts-acquisition-mistral-amphibious-assault-ship-operational-analysis/19174.
- Ho, Ben. "What's the buzz? Ship-based aviation and its influence on littoral navies during combat operations", Center for International Maritime Security, September 15, 2015. http://cimsec.org/whats-the-buzz-ship-based-unmanned-aviation-and-its-influence-on-littoral-navies-during-combat-operations.
Ho, Ben. "Everybody Relax about the U.S. Navy's Persian Gulf 'Carrier Gap'", War is Boring, September 14, 2015. http://warisboring.com/articles/everybody-relax-about-the-u-s-navys-persian-gulf-carrier-gap.
Last updated on 02/01/2019