Archive January – December 2012

US Navy – Building a Navy That Won’t Sink the Economy

December 31st, 2012

American Conservative – William S. Lind describes what he thinks the US Navy should look like in the future.

US Marines – Leaner, Meaner Marines

December 30th, 2012

- American Conservative – William S. Lind describes what he thinks the US Marines should look like in the future.

Fourth Generation Warfare – America Goes Jousting

December 29th, 2012

- American Conservative – William S. Lind says our splendid military is all for show.

US Navy – A New Kind of Carrier Air Wing

December 28th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – What types of aircraft will be deployed on tomorrow’s flattops?

Wargaming – German Wargaming

December 27th, 2012

- US Naval War College Review – A look at the history of German naval war gaming.

Information Warfare – Hacking the President’s DNA

December 26th, 2012

- The Atlantic – The U.S. government is surreptitiously collecting the DNA of world leaders, and is reportedly protecting that of Barack Obama. Decoded, these genetic blueprints could provide compromising information. In the not-too-distant future, they may provide something more as well—the basis for the creation of personalized bioweapons that could take down a president and leave no trace.

Miscellaneous – Aircraft Carriers in Space

December 25th, 2012

- Foreign Policy – Naval analyst Chris Weuve talks to Foreign Policy about what Battlestar Galactica gets right about space warfare.

US Navy – Between Peace and the Air-Sea Battle

December 24th, 2012

- US Naval War College Review – A War at Sea strategy.

Russian Navy – Russian warships head toward Syria

December 23rd, 2012

- Los Angeles Times – A group of Russian warships was en route to the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday with the possible mission to evacuate citizens of their nation from Syria, the Russian news agency Interfax reported Tuesday.

Geopolitics – Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds

December 22nd, 2012

- National Intelligence Council – A fascinating prediction of what the US intelligence community thinks the world will look like in 2030. If you can’t read the whole report, try the Executive Summary.

US Navy – Imminent Domain

December 21st, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – Future conflicts will be won in a new arena—that of the electromagnetic spectrum and cyberspace. We must merge, then master those realms.

Geopolitics / Australia – Rising Up Down Under

December 20th, 2012

- Geopolitics / Australia – Rising Up Down Under – The US and Australia are bolstering their close but quiet military relationship.

US Navy – Offshore Control is the Answer

December 19th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – Colonel T. X. Hammes writes that in the highly unlikely event of conflict with China, the United States needs a strategy that plays to its strengths, minimizes the risks of nuclear escalation, and limits physical destruction.

Iraq – General Principles

December 18th, 2012

- New Yorker – Dexter Filkins provides a considered answer to the question of how good was General Petraeus?

Chinese Navy – China upset at being called out for reverse engineering Su-33

December 17th, 2012

- Flight – China is upset at being called out for reverse engineering the Shenyang J-15 carrier-based fighter from the Russian Sukhoi Su-33 Flanker. The Chinese argue in the People’s Daily–a state media organization–that the J-15 is more advanced than the Su-33.

US Navy – Redeeming Freedom: U.S. Navy Seeks to Renew Faith in LCS Fleet

December 16th, 2012

Aviation Week – This is a story about the Navy’s desire to rebrand and restore the reputation of what is arguably its most important surface-vessel program, which has faced mounting doubts and criticism, especially in the halls of Congress. As part of that effort, Aviation Week was granted exclusive interviews with top Navy officials and unique access to the Freedom, its officers and crew during the first days of November’s certification exercises.

US Marine Corps – USMC: Under-utilized Superfluous Military Capability

December 15th, 2012

- Time – Doug Macgregor takes on the USMC.

US Navy – Navy Will Have to Wait Before Amassing Its Robo-Copter Fleet

December 14th, 2012

- Wired – The Navy talks about its drone helicopter the way Apple geeks gushed over the first-generation iPhone in 2007. The MQ-8 Fire Scout does it all, from hunting for drugs at sea to spotting insurgents over the battlefields of Afghanistan. But like that early iPhone, the Fire Scout is seriously buggy — so much so that the Defense Department has conceded it will be forced to seriously delay buying all the robocopters it wants.

US Navy – Navy Bets On ‘Baby Steps’ To Improve Electronic Warfare; F-35 Jamming Not Enough

December 13th, 2012

- AOL Defense – While the Air Force and the Marines stake their future on a great leap forward to the stealthy F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Navy is taking what one officer called “baby steps” into the future: a careful, incremental upgrade of electronic warfare systems to jam enemy radar instead of just hiding from it.

US Navy – Business As Usual Inside Obama’s Pentagon

December 12th, 2012

- Time – Chuck Spinney on the future of the US Navy.

US Navy – Is the Fleet Steaming Forward…Or Backward?

December 11th, 2012

- Time – Winslow Wheeler on the future of the US Navy – Part 3.

US Navy – US moves warships to track North Korea rocket launch

December 10th, 2012

- BBC – The US is moving navy ships into position to track a North Korean rocket due to launch later this month.

US Navy – More Than The Navy’s Numbers Could Be Sinking

December 9th, 2012

- Time – Winslow Wheeler on the future of the US Navy – Part 2.

US Navy – If More Money Buys A Smaller Fleet What Will Less Money Buy?

December 8th, 2012

- Time – Winslow Wheeler looks at the future of the US Navy – Part 1.

Royal Navy – Britain’s new Navy carriers will sail without crucial radar technology for five years

December 7th, 2012

- Daily Mail – The Royal Navy’s ageing Sea King helicopters, which currently provide the fleet’s Airborne Early Warning (AEW) system, will be retired in 2016. And their multi-million-pound replacements could be delayed until 2022 – leaving HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales without aerial coverage as sailors test out the huge vessels.

US Navy – America’s next carrier will be named Enterprise

December 6th, 2012

- Virginian Pilot – The mammoth ship that projected American power during the tensest moment of the Cold War, and decades later launched some of the first air attacks in the war on terror, no longer is in service. But its remarkable legacy – and its iconic name – will live on.

US Marines – Commandant sets Marines on new course

December 5th, 2012

- San Diego Union Tribune – Q and A with Gen. James Amos on the future of the Corps.

US Navy – X-47B UCAS-D – Off the Cat, On the Deck

December 4th, 2012

- Aviation Week – In the same week, Northrop Grumman’s X-47B combat aircraft system demonstrator has arrived on the aircraft carrier deck — by crane — and made its first catapult launch — on land

Geopolitics – Turning Points

December 3rd, 2012

- New York Times – Niall Ferguson reminds us that history does not turn on a dime…

Chinese Navy – China Aircraft Carrier Style! Assessing the First Takeoff and Landing

December 2nd, 2012

- Wall Street Journal – Two months after China’s first aircraft carrier Liaoning was commissioned, and a year and a half after it began sea trials, an Chinese J-15 fighter became the first known fixed wing aircraft to take off from and land on it…Once again, China has exceeded the expectations of many foreign observers regarding timelines for military capabilities development, though the tremendous publicity the event has received could limit the country’s ability to move with such speed in developing its aircraft carrier going forward.

US Navy – A ‘Leap Ahead’ for the 21st-Century Navy

December 1st, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – The new Gerald R. Ford -class aircraft carriers may have a hefty pricetag, but many believe the cost is worth it and that the ships will prove to be even more iconic than their predecessors.

Afghanistan – Unfriendly Fire

November 30th, 2012

- American Conservative – William S. Lind on how the Taliban mastered the operational art of modern war

US Navy – Whidbey’s Prowlers, Growlers, … and Airmen

November 29th, 2012

- Air Force – Electronic attack, the Air Force’s orphan mission, is regaining prominence.

Miscellaneous – General Failure

November 28th, 2012

- The Atlantic – Looking back on the troubled wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, many observers are content to lay blame on the Bush administration. But inept leadership by American generals was also responsible for the failure of those wars. A culture of mediocrity has taken hold within the Army’s leadership rank—if it is not uprooted, the country’s next war is unlikely to unfold any better than the last two. An excerpt from Tom Ricks’ latest book…

US Navy – US aircraft carrier strikeforce readies in case of war with Iran

November 27th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – When the aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis returns to the placid blue waters of the Gulf with her strike force of 70 jets in the next few days, she will be ready for action off the coast of Iran.

Chinese Navy – China lands J-15 jet on Liaoning aircraft carrier

November 26th, 2012

- BBC – A Chinese-made fighter jet lands on Beijing’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, officials say, bolstering China’s military capacity in territorial disputes.

US Navy – Air-Sea Battle: Clearing the fog

November 25th, 2012

- Armed Forces Journal – The goal of Air Sea Battle is to ensure all forces can get to the fight.

Air Warfare – How I Accidentally Kickstarted the Domestic Drone Boom

November 24th, 2012

- Wired – An interesting look at the contributions amateurs are making to the field of unmanned aerial vehicles.

US Navy – Frigate makes $25M in drug busts on final journey

November 23rd, 2012

- San Diego Union Tribune – The USS Curts’ final deployment is turning out to be an historic one for the San Diego-based frigate, with its crew having made about $25 million in drug busts during operations in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

US Navy – U.S. Navy Sticks To Bold Course With Zumwalt Destroyer

November 22nd, 2012

- Aviation Week – Gulf of Mexico residents see all types of ships and barges go by Mississippi’s Little Biloxi River Bridge. The region, after all, is a womb for warships and a transit artery for maritime goods of all types. But recently one barge slipped past the bridge crowned by a cargo never witnessed in these parts, or any other in the world: a specially constructed composites deckhouse that made the vessel look more like a massive prop for the next “Star Trek” movie than anything on the seas. Weighing 900 tons and measuring longer than 50 yd., the deckhouse is the top half of the U.S. Navy’s newest and most modern warship, the DDG-1000 Zumwalt destroyer.

US Navy – US Navy’s transition from Prowlers to Growlers proceeding smoothly

November 21st, 2012

- Flight International – The second day of our Boeing media trip to the Pacific Northwest found our motley band of defense reporters at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, near Oak Harbor, Washington.

Royal Navy – Submarine corrosion caused by cost-cutting, says leaked MoD memo

November 20th, 2012

- The Guardian – Senior Ministry of Defence analyst says corrosion on new fleet of hunter-killer submarines is ’cause for major concern’.

US Navy – Navy’s Move To Growler 70% Complete; Build-Up Reflects Stealth Doubts

November 19th, 2012

- AOL Defense – “Every two weeks, we get another Growler,” Cmdr. Christopher Middleton said at the Navy’s electronic warfare hub here. The Navy target is to buy 114 EA-18G Growler aircraft. And it’s those Growler aircraft that will be the cutting edge of future Naval strikes against future “anti-access area denial” defenses like those being built by China.

Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force – Watching Japan and China square off in East China Sea

November 18th, 2012

- BBC – Who do the Senkaku or Diaoyu Islands belong to? The short answer is I don’t know.

US Navy – Can Navy Afford Next-Gen DDG-51 Destroyer, Packard Award Or Not?

November 17th, 2012

- AOL Defense – It’s not a Nobel Prize, but the Packard Award matters in the big-dollar world of defense procurement. Last week, utterly overshadowed by elections, the Department of Defense awarded the Packard to the Navy’s DDG-51 destroyer, the sleek grey mainstay of the fleet.

US Navy – USN Chief: Partners Needed for Missile Patrols

November 16th, 2012

- Defense News – Preparations are continuing to base four U.S. Navy destroyers in Rota, Spain, beginning in fiscal 2014 — a move that will allow the ships to provide a near-continuous ballistic-missile defense (BMD) shield for Europe. And while the U.S. remains the only nation so far able to field a sea-based BMD system, the nation’s top naval officer sees roles other navies can play to support the mission.

US Navy – Robots replace costly US Navy mine-clearance dolphins

November 15th, 2012

- BBC – After more than 50 years of loyal service, the US Navy tells BBC Future it is ready to replace its pods of highly trained sea mammals with cheaper robots.

Piracy – Hung, drawn and quartered

November 14th, 2012

- The Economist – Better deterrents are putting the Somali pirates’ business under strain.

Geopolitics – Open Seas

November 13th, 2012

- Foreign Policy – The Arctic is the Mediterranean of the 21st century.

Chinese Navy – China submarines to soon carry nukes, draft U.S. report says

November 12th, 2012

- Reuters – China appears to be within two years of deploying submarine-launched nuclear weapons, adding a new leg to its nuclear arsenal that should lead to arms-reduction talks, a draft report by a congressionally mandated U.S. commission says.

Pakistani Navy – Pakistani Navy ship to participate in naval exercise in Turkey

November 11th, 2012

- Daily Times – Pakistan Navy (PN) ship ‘PNS Shamsheer’ will be visiting Aksaz Naval Base Marmaris and Antalya harbour from November 5 to 14 and will participate in joint exercise ‘Mavi Baline-12’ with the Turkish Navy. Pakistan Navy P3C-Orion aircraft will also participate in the exercise from Dalaman.

Iran – Iran Fired on Military Drone in First Such Attack, U.S. Says

November 10th, 2012

- New York Times – Iranian warplanes shot at an American military surveillance drone flying over the Persian Gulf near Iran last week, Pentagon officials disclosed Thursday. They said that the aircraft, a Predator drone, was flying in international airspace and was not hit and that the episode had prompted a strong protest to the Iranian government.

Russian Navy – Russian ships to rejoin anti-piracy force

November 9th, 2012

- UPI – A Russian task force led by a destroyer was deployed to the Gulf of Aden on a mission to deter activities by Somali pirates, officials say.

US Navy – Now US Navy is arming drone boats

November 8th, 2012

- The Independent – While the US Air Force’s drones have been firing all sorts of air-to-surface missiles and bombs for roughly a decade now, the Navy took a big step toward getting in on the action last week when it launched six Israeli-made Spike missiles from an unmanned 36-foot motorboat.

Chinese Navy – China’s Real Blue Water Navy

November 7th, 2012

- The Diplomat – China is building a two-layered navy with a high-end Near Seas component and a limited, low-end capability beyond. It is not poised to speed across the Pacific to threaten America.

Royal Navy – Low Risk, Flexibility Drive Type 26 Design

November 6th, 2012

- Aviation Week – One of the more innovative features of the BAE Systems Global Combat Ship, formally known to the Royal Navy (RN) as the Type 26, might be its name. It could be argued that it’s part of an Orwellian trend toward vague and generic language, but it also (from BAE’s perspective) deals with the fact that the meanings of “frigate” and “destroyer” have become confused, mainly because they were historically defined in terms of multi-class fleets that, for most operators, are a thing of the past. There’s no point in setting up a terminological barrier to export sales, whether a customer wants to seem powerful (destroyer), frugal (frigate) or peace-loving (patrol ship).

US Navy – Run Silent, Go Deep: Drone-Launching Subs To Be Navy’s ‘Wide Receivers’

November 5th, 2012

- AOL Defense – This Saturday the Navy will christen its newest nuclear-powered submarine, the $2.6 billion USS Minnesota at the Newport News shipyard in Virginia. Countless movies have cemented the popular image of subs as stealthy underwater killers, stalking hapless surface vessels with periscope and torpedo. But today’s Navy is experimenting with launching robotic mini-subs and even unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Virginia-class attack subs like the Minnesota.

US Navy – U.S. Navy Seeks Undersea Aegis-like System

November 4th, 2012

- Aviation Week – The U.S. Navy would like to develop an underwater system similar to the Aegis shield that protects its surface ships with a bubble of situational awareness, says Navy Oceanographer Rear Adm. Jonathan White, director of oceanography, space and maritime domain awareness.

US Navy – The Coming Of The America Class: A Driver of Innovation

November 3rd, 2012

- AOL Defense – A christening of a ship of the line is rare. When it happens, thoughts of how that ship might be used, where it might operate and how it might make new naval history are part of the excitement.

US Navy – Navy’s Newest Assault Ship Moonlights as Pint-Sized Aircraft Carrier

November 2nd, 2012

- Wired – She’s 844 feet long, 106 feet wide and displaces 45,000 tons of water. The future USS America, christened in Mississippi on Saturday, is technically an amphibious assault ship, a type of vessel optimized for carrying Marines into battle. But subtle changes under America‘s steel skin mean she can double as a small aircraft carrier, capable of sustaining a short air war all on her own.

US Marines – U.S. amphibious unit off Middle East

November 1st, 2012

- UPI – The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit sailed into the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, which includes the Persian Gulf, the overall Middle East and eastern Africa. The 15th MEU has about 2,400 troops aboard three transport ships, including the amphibious assault ship USS Peleilu.

Iranian Navy – Iran naval task force ‘docks in Sudan’

October 31st, 2012

- BBCIranian Navy – Iran naval task force ‘docks in Sudan’ – An Iranian naval task force has docked in Sudan, carrying with it a “message of peace and security to neighbouring countries.”

Afghanistan – Afghan security force’s rapid expansion comes at a cost as readiness lags

October 30th, 2012

- Washington Post – Top Pentagon leaders, White House advisers and members of Congress from both parties have long regarded the rapid expansion of Afghanistan’s army and police as a crucial element of the U.S. exit strategy. For years, they reasoned that generating a force of 352,000 soldiers and policemen would enable the Afghan government to keep fighting Taliban insurgents after U.S. and NATO troops end their combat mission. The U.S. military has nearly met its growth target for the Afghan forces, but they are nowhere near ready to assume control of the country. No Afghan army battalion is capable of operating without U.S. advisers. Many policemen spend more time shaking down people for bribes than patrolling. Front-line units often do not receive the fuel, food and spare parts they need to function. Intelligence, aviation and medical services remain embryonic. And perhaps most alarming, an increasing number of Afghan soldiers and policemen are turning their weapons on their U.S. and NATO partners. As a consequence, several U.S. officers and civilian specialists who have worked with those forces have started to question the wisdom of the 352,000 goal. To them, the obsession with size has been at the root of much that has gone wrong with the Afghan security services.

US Navy – Sailors learn the art of multi-tasking on LCS

October 29th, 2012

- San Diego Union Tribune – Hey, sailor, what’s your job on the ship? If the vessel is the Fort Worth, the U.S. Navy’s third and newest littoral combat ship, the answer may be: Which job?

Dutch Navy – Rotterdam vs. Dhow, 1:0

October 28th, 2012

- Aviation Week – Yesterday’s engagement between a suspect dhow and the Royal Netherlands Navy landing ship dock Hr.Ms. Rotterdam was an uneven fight, despite sustained fire by suspected pirates.

US Navy – Pressure on for Navy’s futuristic warship

October 28th, 2012

- San Diego Union Tribune – Third in littoral combat line represents lessons learned from 2 prototypes.

US Navy – 8,000 Miles, 96 Hours, 3 Dead Pirates: Inside a Navy SEAL Rescue

October 27th, 2012

- Wired – The precision killing of the three pirates by six members of SEAL Team Six, the same unit that would later kill Osama bin Laden in his Pakistan hideout, has rarely been described in detail. Retired Rear Adm. Terry McKnight, who commanded U.S. naval forces off Somalia during the Maersk Alabama standoff, devotes 45 pages of his new book Pirate Alley to the people, methods, equipment and even politics behind Phillips’ daring rescue.

US Coast Guard – In a warming Arctic, U.S. faces new security and safety concerns

October 26th, 2012

- Los Angeles Times – Formerly ice-clogged Arctic waters are now navigable, opening a rush for oil and mineral resources — and raising heretofore unknown security concerns in the U.S. Far North.

Terrorism – Five myths about the bin Laden raid

October 25th, 2012

- Washington Post – Mark Bowden debunks 5 myths about the raid on Osama bin Laden.

US Navy – Back to the Future: The U.S. Navy Returns to The Philippines

October 24th, 2012

- The Diplomat – A return to a familiar port of call serves as another reminder of the United States continued “rebalance” towards Asia.

US Navy – Navy Fears Pentagon Neglects New Missile Sub; SSBN(X) Must Survive Almost 80 Years

October 23rd, 2012

- AOL Defense – Right now, the Navy is designing the ballistic missile submarine that will provide 70 percent of the nation’s nuclear deterrent until 2080. Yet even as the service prepares to award research and development contracts this December, the submarine community is deeply worried that the rest of the military is neglecting the program — which has already had to make some painful trade-offs on schedule, numbers, and capability. And the service has not even started work on whatever nuclear missile the new sub will end up carrying for the latter half of its life.

US Navy – George Washington cruises disputed Asian seas

October 22nd, 2012

- Associated Press – A U.S. aircraft carrier group cruised through the disputed South China Sea on Saturday in a show of American power in waters that are fast becoming a focal point of Washington’s strategic rivalry with Beijing.

Miscellaneous – Autonomous Sea Platforms Emerge At Euronaval

October 21st, 2012

- Aviation Week – Unmanned systems at sea offer advantages and face challenges that are often different from those associated with airborne and ground-based systems. For example, in a patrol mission that calls for long endurance at low speed, the size of a manned ship is largely driven by the need to provide tolerable accommodation and stability for the crew—a limit that does not apply to an unmanned surface vessel (USV).

Chinese Navy – East China Sea tension: China conducts naval exercises

October 20th, 2012

- BBC – China is conducting naval exercises in the East China Sea, state media report, amid heightened tensions with Japan over islands both claim.

Chinese Navy – Delicate Touch: Flight Operations Begin on China’s First Aircraft Carrier

October 19th, 2012

- Wall Street Journal – Less than a month after China officially commissioned the Liaoning, its first aircraft carrier, photos appearing to show aircraft operating over the carrier have raised a host of questions, including how long it might take for China to make the carrier fully operational.

US Navy – U.S. Navy, Allies Find Less Than Half the Sea Mines Planted in Key Exercise

October 18th, 2012

- PBS NewsHour – A major international naval exercise last month in and around the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea, led by the U.S. Navy with more than 30 other nations participating, located fewer than half of the practice mines laid at sea.

Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force – Japan monitoring Chinese warships near southern island

October 17th, 2012

- Associated Press – Japanese military officials said they were keeping a close eye on seven Chinese warships spotted in waters off a southern island Tuesday. It was unclear whether the ship movements were related to a territorial dispute that has prompted both countries to show off their maritime muscles.

Terrorism – The Hunt For “Geronimo”

October 16th, 2012

- Vanity Fair – President Obama saw it as a “50–50” proposition. Admiral Bill McRaven, mission commander, knew something would go wrong. So how did the raid that killed bin Laden get green-lighted? In an adaptation from his new book, Mark Bowden weaves together accounts from Obama and top decision-makers for the full story behind the daring operation.

US Navy – Return Fire on the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship

October 15th, 2012

- Time – A US Navy Admiral tries to set the record straight on the Littoral Combat Ship.

Russian Navy – New Stealth Frigate Ready For Arctic

October 14th, 2012

- Barents Observer – Russia’s first stealth technology frigate «Admiral Gorshkov» is ready for sea trials in the Barents Sea before entering service in the Northern Fleet.

US Navy – Navy Laser’s First Target: Enemy Drones

October 13th, 2012

- Wired – One of the first tasks the Navy expects to assign its forthcoming arsenal of laser guns: shooting down drones that menace its ships.

Chinese Navy – The Nightmare Scenario: A U.S.-China War

October 12th, 2012

- The Diplomat – An excellent overview of the forms such a conflict could take. This is Part 5 of a 5 part series. Use the links at the top of the page to read all 5 parts.

History – Judging the Good from the Bad

October 12th, 2012

- Naval History – Norman Friedman writes that when it comes to warships, bigger is usually better, and the most successful vessels are often those that are adaptable to changing times and technologies.

US Navy – Philippines Sees Naval Port As Vital To U.S. Presence in Pacific

October 11th, 2012

- Defense News – The Philippines on Oct. 8 said a former U.S. naval base facing the South China Sea could play a key role as a hub for American ships as Washington moves to strengthen its presence in the Asia-Pacific.

US Navy – The Navy’s New Class of Warship: Big Bucks Little Bang

October 10th, 2012

- Time – The Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is not only staggeringly overpriced and chronically unreliable but — even if it were to work perfectly — cannot match the combat power of similar sized foreign warships costing only a fraction as much.

US Navy – Navy’s Newest, LHA-6, A Dead End For Amphibious Ships?or-amphibious-ships/

October 9th, 2012

- AOL Defense – The Navy will christen its newest amphibious warfare ship in Pascagoula, Miss. on Oct. 20th. The boldly-named, $3 billion America is a major departure from past designs — and, quietly, the Navy has decided not to build many more like it in the future.

US Marines – On Patrol With Bravo Company in Afghanistan

October 8th, 2012

- Wall Street Journal – A 4-foot cobra slithered across the patrol’s path. The Marines shrugged—a snake couldn’t blow off their legs.

Air Warfare – The air force men who fly drones in Afghanistan by remote control

October 7th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – The unmanned aircraft patrolling the skies above Afghanistan are controlled by RAF pilots sitting in front of screens as far as 7,000 miles away

US Navy – 4 Missile Cruisers to Remain in Service

October 6th, 2012

- Defense News – Four Aegis missile cruisers scheduled to end their active careers in March will instead be kept in service, the U.S. Navy said Sept. 26.

US Navy – U.S. Navy Defends Boomer Submarine Replacement Plans

October 5th, 2012

- Aviation Week – A top U.S. Navy official is defending the service’s plans to replace its Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine fleet, saying the Navy has the right design and boat numbers to execute the mission for decades to come.

US Navy – Navy CNO Greenert’s ‘Biggest Shipbuilding Concern’ Is Amphibs

October 4th, 2012

- AOL Defense – The Navy is “on a roll” when it comes to shipbuilding, but the existing fleet remains under stress, the Chief of Naval Operations said today.

Russian Navy – Russian Warship Tests Missile Defense Capability

October 3rd, 2012

- Defence Talk – The flagship of Russia’s Northern Fleet, nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky, has carried out missile defense drills during the current patrol-and-training mission in the Arctic. Pyotr Veliky is the only Russian warship with sufficient capability to thwart massive attacks by cruise and ballistic missiles.

US Navy – Big US Fleet Nears Disputed Islands, But What For?

October 2nd, 2012

- Time – It’s probably just a coincidence; no need to worry yet. But the U.S. has quietly assembled a powerful air, land and sea armada not far from where Japan and China are squaring off over disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Chinese Navy – War By Other Means: China’s Political Uses of Seapower

October 2nd, 2012

- The Diplomat – China’s development and use of naval and non-naval, non-military sea power has become a cause for concern – one that could alter the regional balance.

Chinese Navy – China’s A2/AD “System of Systems”

October 1st, 2012

- The Diplomat – It’s worth spending a bit of time to discuss how the PRC’s anti-access capabilities have come together. Much recent work has concerned the DF-21A “carrier killer” ballistic missile, but that capability represents only a small part of the system of anti-access systems that China operates.

US Marines – Marines Battle ‘Tyranny Of Distance’ in Pacific Pivot

September 30th, 2012

- Defense News – As the U.S. Marine Corps shifts its focus toward the Asia-Pacific region, the business of lift and logistics also shifts — from the fairly straightforward process of supplying troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to the enormous challenge of operating in a vast hemisphere of oceans and islands.

Chinese Navy – The Calm Before The Storm

September 29th, 2012

- Foreign Policy – China’s about to find out how hard it is to run an aircraft carrier.

Royal Navy – Inside the Navy’s new £1billion supersub

September 28th, 2012

Daily Mail – Deadly Hunter Killer submarine is capable of hearing a ship leaving port in New York… while sat underwater in the English channel.

Thanks to Dave for the link!

Chinese Navy – China’s first aircraft carrier enters service

September 27th, 2012

- BBC – China’s first aircraft carrier has entered into service, the Defence Ministry says.

Geopolitics / Caspian Sea – Arms Race on the Caspian Sea Heats Up

September 26th, 2012

- German Radio – The countries bordering the Caspian Sea are increasingly flexing their military muscles. The Iran crisis and unresolved conflicts over natural resources have added to the tensions in the region.

Geopolitics – The Interview: Robert Kaplan

September 25th, 2012

- The Diplomat – In his new book, The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, Robert Kaplan (Stratfor Global Intelligence) contends that current global conflicts, including wars, political instability, and clashes over religion, can be better understood and even forecasted through close examination of the maps that chart our world. In this Q&A, The National Bureau of Asian Research’s Abraham Denmark asks Kaplan how this theory relates to the Asia-Pacific and what challenges geography will present for the United States’ policy toward the region.

Geopolitics / South China Sea – Could Asia really go to war over these?

September 24th, 2012

- Economist – The bickering over islands is a serious threat to the region’s peace and prosperity.

Iran – The Vegetarian

September 23rd, 2012

- New Yorker – A look at why Israel’s notorious ex-spymaster, Meir Dagan, has become a dissident against an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

US Navy – Beastly Drone Sub May Test Next-Gen Undersea Sensors

September 22nd, 2012

- Wired – One of the largest unmanned submarines ever built is finally performing sea trials. But don’t expect the U.S. Navy, which dreams of undersea drones that can span oceans, to proclaim the Proteus its drone sub of the future. Instead, Proteus’ manufacturers want to work with the Navy to test the software, sensors and power systems that will define those next-gen drone subs — and maybe use the Proteus as a stopgap solution until someone develops those long-range submarines.

Chinese Navy – U.S., Chinese navies in joint anti-piracy drills off Somalia

September 21st, 2012

- Reuters – The U.S. and Chinese navies have carried out drills to combat pirates off the Horn of Africa in a rare joint military exercise between the powerful nations.

US Navy – Armada of international naval power massing in the Gulf as Israel prepares an Iran strike

September 20th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – An armada of US and British naval power is massing in the Persian Gulf in the belief that Israel is considering a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons programme.

US Marines – Afghanistan air base attack kills 2 Marines, destroys 6 Harrier jets from Arizona base

September 19th, 2012

- Associated Press – The attackers destroyed six Harrier jump jets assigned to Yuma’s Marine Attack Squadron 211 and heavily damaged two others.

Information Warfare – Russia’s Top Cyber Sleuth Foils US Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals

September 18th, 2012

- Wired – A look at Eugene Kaspersky, whose company is a worldwide leader in anti-virus software, and friend of Vladimir Putin and the Russian FSB.

Chinese Navy – Storm Clouds Over the South China Sea

September 17th, 2012

- Air Force – Mistrust, international military buildups, and competing territorial claims bring plenty of tension to a vital waterway that China considers an internal sea.

Philippine Navy – Tension Between Philippines And China Grows

September 16th, 2012

- Aviation Week – Drive fast enough down the well-built coastal road in Barangay Buenavista, a stone’s throw from the waters of Ulugan Bay on the Philippine island province of Palawan, and you might miss the doorstep for a future amphibious invasion force. Were China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and marine forces ever to be tasked with teaching the Philippines a “lesson,” much as Deng Xiaoping taught such a lesson to Vietnam and its former Soviet ally during a brief 1979 war, that coastal road provides a crucial western access that would put PLA mechanized forces about an hour north of Palawan’s capital of Puerto Princesa.

US Navy – ‘Deadly Serious’ Navy Wrestles With Mine Warfare Modernization

September 15th, 2012

- AOL Defense – Improving the Navy’s long-neglected capability to hunt mines is a top priority for the fleet — but it still gets less than 1 percent of the Navy budget.

Chinese Navy – China sends patrol ships to disputed East China Sea islands

September 14th, 2012

- BBC – Two Chinese patrol ships have been sent to islands disputed with Japan, which has sealed a deal to purchase the territory, Chinese state media say.

US Navy – Coasting

September 13th, 2012

- Foreign Policy – Was the U.S. Navy really better in 1917 than it is today?

Geopolitics – Geography Strikes Back

September 12th, 2012

- Wall Street Journal – To understand today’s global conflicts, forget economics and technology and take a hard look at a map, writes Robert D. Kaplan.

Royal Navy – HMS Ark Royal to be sold off as scrap metal

September 11th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – Former Navy flagship HMS Ark Royal will be sold on as scrap metal for £3 million as part of a move that the Ministry of Defence has described as “difficult but necessary.

Nigerian Navy – Nigerian navy frees hijacked Singapore-owned oil tanker

September 10th, 2012

- BBC – Nigeria’s navy says it has rescued a Singapore-owned oil tanker hijacked by pirates on Tuesday night with 23 Indian sailors on board.

US Navy – U.S. Navy’s Newest Ship Gets 8,000-Mile Shakedown

September 9th, 2012

- Defense News – As storms go, it wasn’t a biggie. Eight-to-12-foot waves, 40 mph winds. But the ocean’s saltwater was a baptism of sorts, as the U.S. Navy’s latest littoral combat ship (LCS) left behind more than 2,000 miles of Great Lakes freshwater sailing and entered the Atlantic on Aug. 17 for the first time.

US Navy – Net-Enabled Weapons Drive Sea Warfare Change

September 8th, 2012

- US Navy – Net-Enabled Weapons Drive Sea Warfare Change – Maritime missiles are in a period of rapid evolution. Warships and submarines are persistent platforms with deep magazines, for long-range attacks on land targets and hostile ships. But more warships now carry effective missile-defense gun and missile systems and countermeasures, while sea traffic has continued to grow rapidly worldwide—creating a major challenge in terms of collateral damage. Some of the biggest decisions in the past year involve the U.S. Navy, which is moving toward an arsenal of “net-enabled” weapons—missiles that take advantage of other sensors to find and hit targets, but can still function if communications are down. Two quick-reaction missile programs have been started recently, along with a large, expensive and remarkably low-profile airborne radar to support them.

Chinese Navy – The Master ‘PLAN’: China’s New Guided Missile Destroyer

September 7th, 2012

- The Diplomat – China’s navy appears on the verge of creating a new class of warship. It could eventually alter the balance of naval power in the region.

US Navy – Zap, crackle and pop

September 6th, 2012

- US Navy – Zap, crackle and pop – Energy weapons are finally moving from the laboratory to the real world. But they are hardly the super-weapons of science fiction…and the US Navy is leading the pack in terms of weaponizing them.

Chinese Navy – China’s Real Blue Water Navy

September 5th, 2012

- The Diplomat – China’s navy is not poised to speed across the Pacific to threaten America the way the Soviet Union once did, if not worse.

US Navy – Futuristic Ships Anchor U.S. Navy Surface Plans

September 4th, 2012

- Aviation Week – As budget-cutters swipe at major Pentagon programs and sequestration threatens to tighten the leash on expected expenses, the U.S. Navy remains focused on building its future surface warfighting fleet, and the service is pinning its hopes on futuristic ships like the DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer and the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).

US Navy – U.S. Plans New Asia Missile Defenses

September 3rd, 2012

- Wall Street Jouranl – The U.S. is planning a major expansion of missile defenses in Asia, a move American officials say is designed to contain threats from North Korea, but one that could also be used to counter China’s military. The planned buildup is part of a defensive array that could cover large swaths of Asia, with a new radar in southern Japan and possibly another in Southeast Asia tied to missile-defense ships and land-based interceptors.

US Navy – Sunk: Why was a Navy adviser stripped of her career?

September 2nd, 2012

- Washington Post – Gwenyth Todd had worked in a lot of places in Washington where powerful men didn’t hesitate to use sharp elbows. She had been a Middle East expert for the National Security Council in the Clinton administration. She had worked in the office of Defense Secretary Dick Cheney in the first Bush administration, where neoconservative hawks first began planning to overthrow Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. But she was not prepared a few years later in Bahrain when she encountered plans by high-ranking admirals to confront Iran, any one of which, she reckoned, could set the region on fire.

US Navy – U.S. Navy Creates LCS ‘Council’ To Guide Development

September 1st, 2012

- Defense News – A new, high-powered effort to boost development of the littoral combat ship (LCS) is kicking off, intended to help implement numerous proposals and suggestions to integrate the new ship type into U.S. Navy operations.

Royal Navy – MoD Unveils Royal Navy’s Future Warships

August 31st, 2012

- Defense Aerospace – The latest design of the Royal Navy’s next generation of warships has been unveiled today by the MoD. Images show the basic specification of the Type 26 Global Combat Ship (T26 GCS).

Royal Navy – Navy ‘running out of sailors to man submarines’

August 30th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – Britain’s nuclear deterrent is at risk because the Navy does not have enough sailors to man its submarines, Ministry of Defence officials admit.

Russian Navy – Silent Running

August 29th, 2012

- Free Beacon – Russian attack submarine sailed in Gulf of Mexico undetected for weeks, U.S. officials say.

The Pentagon denies the story.

US Navy – ACTUV – SAIC’s Automated Submarine Stalker

August 28th, 2012

- Aviation Week – With Senators up in arms over disputed reports that a Russian submarine cruised around the Gulf of Mexico undetected for a month, it was an opportune time for DARPA to award SAIC a contract to develop an unmanned vessel that can shadow a submerged submarine throughout its patrol.

Geopolitics / South China Sea – The South China Sea’s Gathering Storm

August 27th, 2012

- Wall Street Journal – James Webb on the current state of affairs in the South China Sea.

Geopolitics – Niall Ferguson: Don’t Believe the Techno-Utopian Hype

August 26th, 2012

- Newsweek – Niall Ferguson does not believe our future is as bright as Silicon Valley would lead us to believe…an interesting look at a historian’s view of the future.

US Navy – U.S. Navy Officials Suppressed Bad LCS-1 Test Results

August 25th, 2012

- Aviation Week – U.S. Navy emails and other documents suggest that officials muzzled bad test results for the first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-1) variant, the USS Freedom, at a crucial time in the program’s development, when the service was considering which seaframe to pick for the $30 billion-plus fleet. Top program officers for the ship and at Naval Sea Systems Command (Navsea) told subordinates to avoid certain language in the test-result reports because of concerns over the downselect decision, the documents show. One naval officer said in an email he would delete the offensive wording of the report.

Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force – U.S., Japan said discussing missile-defense ship upgrades

August 24th, 2012

- Reuters – The United States and Japan are discussing system upgrades for a pair of Japanese destroyers to boost defenses against a ballistic missile attack.

US Navy – America’s Dangerous Battle Plan

August 23rd, 2012

- The Diplomat – The AirSea Battle concept for countering China’s military rise is expensive and unhelpful. And could even spark a nuclear conflict.

Indian Navy – Indian Navy Freezes Flat-Top Configuration

August 22nd, 2012

- Aviation Week – The Indian navy is likely to call an end to its tryst with ski-jump aircraft carriers, deciding that its next big vessel will be a flat-top with a catapult-launch system.

Geopolitics / South China Sea – South Korea’s Lee Myung-bak visits disputed islands

August 22nd, 2012

- BBC – South Korea’s president is visiting islands also claimed by Japan, in a move set to raise diplomatic tensions.

US Navy – Third littoral class ship much improved, Navy says

August 21st, 2012

- San Diego Union Tribune – As the third ship in the Navy’s littoral class left a Wisconsin shipyard this week, the inaugural step toward its eventual home in San Diego, the Navy billed it as an “exponential” improvement over the controversial first vessel in the line.

Piracy – Piracy attacks drop to zero for first full month in five years

August 20th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – Pirate attacks off Somalia dropped to zero for the first full month since the menace emerged more than five years ago, new figures show.

Air Warfare – A Day Job Waiting for a Kill Shot a World Away

August 19th, 2012

- New York Times – An interesting look at the life of a Predator pilot.

Chinese Navy – Should China Fear RIMPAC?

August 18th, 2012

- Diplomat – As a regularly scheduled biennial exercise, RIMPAC happens regardless of the extant political situation in the Pacific. However, the absence of the People’s Liberation Army Navy – and the participation of Russia and India for the first time – combined with new tensions in the South China Sea, leaves the unavoidable impression that these exercises are geared towards managing the increasing naval power of China.

US Navy – Intelligence sharing ahead for UAVs

August 17th, 2012

- Flight Global – The US Department of Defense needs to develop new unmanned aircraft that can survive inside contested airspace, as it shifts its focus toward the Pacific – but the services must invest in new technologies to seamlessly share intelligence data.

US Navy – U.S. model for a future war fans tensions with China and inside Pentagon

August 16th, 2012

- Washington Post – A very interesting look at how AirSea Battle is playing out in the Pentagon…

US Navy – The Navy’s Moral Compass: Commanding Officers and Personal Misconduct

August 15th, 2012

- US Naval War College Review – The U.S. Navy has an integrity problem in the ranks of its commanding officers (COs). Although (as far as we can tell) over 97 percent of the Navy’s commanding officers conduct themselves honorably, the increasing number of those who do not raises concerns that the Navy must address.

US Navy – Preparing for Today’s Undersea Warfare

August 14th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – Undersea warriors must learn from the past while handling a sophisticated network of manned and unmanned platforms and sensors.

US Navy – The Incredible Shrinking SSBN(X)

August 13th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – The Navy must redesign a capable follow-on ballistic-missile submarine that it can afford.

Chinese Navy – Phase Zero: How China Exploits It, Why the United States Does Not

August 12th, 2012

- US Naval War College Review – In October 2006 General Charles Wald, Deputy Commander U.S. European Command, brought “Phase Zero” into the joint lexicon with the publication of an article, “The Phase Zero Campaign.” Over the last five years the concept of taking coordinated action in peacetime to affect the strategic environment has become widely accepted and is now integrated into theater campaign plans. These activities focus on building capacity of partners and influencing potential adversaries to avoid war. In contrast, Chinese strategic culture has encouraged taking actions to defeat an enemy prior to the onset of hostilities for two and a half millennia.

US Navy – Rekindling the Killer Instinct

August 11th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – Today’s tech-dependent, risk-averse submarine culture keeps young officers from developing warfighting skills crucial to success in conflict.

US Navy – Winning the Battle, Losing the War

August 10th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – While the Navy appears to be doing a better job of selling itself to lawmakers and the American public, it still needs to improve its marketing, or the whole effort could blow up in its face.

Chinese Navy – China’s Aerospace Power Trajectory in the Near Seas

August 9th, 2012

- US Naval War College Review – Air and aerospace power has been fundamental for defending China’s “near seas”-encompassing the Bohai Gulf, the Yellow Sea, and the East and South China Seas—since the founding of the People’s Republic.

Geopolitics – Now Hear This the US Senate Should Ratify the UNCLOS

August 8th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – The first draft of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) was completed in 1982. The treaty provided a broad legal framework governing movement on the sea and the proper handling of sea-based resources. By 1994, treaty revisions had alleviated U.S. concerns regarding deep seabed mining. President Bill Clinton signed and forwarded it to the Senate for advice and consent, but it was never ratified.

US Navy – Building on a 200 Year Legacy

August 7th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – Three bedrock lessons from the War of 1812 remain the basis for U.S. Navy operations in the 21st century.

US Navy – The Aegis BMD Global Enterprise: A “High End” Maritime Partnership

August 6th, 2012

- US Naval War College Review – For more than three decades, beginning soon after the end of World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union faced off against each other. The concept of “mutual assured destruction”-MAD, the U.S. threat of massive retaliation to a Soviet first strike-became America’s Cold War de facto strategic defense policy. In March 1983, however, President Ronald Reagan asked whether ballistic missiles could be destroyed before they reached the United States or its allies, thus catalyzing efforts for a national ballistic-missile-defense program that would undermine the need for MAD. That same year, the U.S. Navy commissioned USS Ticonderoga (CG 47), the first of what is to become a fleet of more than eighty Aegis warships. In 2012, these trends have converged, and Aegis ballistic-missile defense (BMD) is an increasingly important component of a robust national BMD System (BMDS).

Royal Navy – Still Relevant After All These Years

August 5th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – It may be the stuff of three-decades-old history, but the Falklands conflict offers warfighting lessons of distinct importance to the U.S. Navy of today.

US Navy – The Coming Naval Century

August 4th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – The Secretary of the Navy says that the Navy and Marine Corps will be the long arm of a National Fleet central to U.S. military power.

US Navy – The New Normalcy: Sea Power and Contingency Operations in the Twenty-First Century

August 3rd, 2012

- US Naval War College Review – In September 1994, the Caribbean nation of Haiti burst into political unrest that drove twenty-six thousand migrants out to sea on board overcrowded and unseaworthy craft in an unprecedented mass migration to the United States. Several months later, over thirty thousand Cubans followed suit, attempting to reach the mainland on literally anything that could float. On 31 August 2005, a “weapon of mass destruction” in the form of a category-five hurricane exploded in the Gulf coast city of New Orleans, killing over 1,300 citizens and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands. Finally, on 20 April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon exploratory oil rig exploded, heralding an unprecedented environmental disaster whose final impact has yet to be determined. What these events shared, with their catastrophic nature and international impact, was a link to the sea. Although vastly different in cause, circumstances, and scope—ranging as they did from a man-made political event to recovery from the wrath of nature—these crises all saw a significant application of sea power in reaction and recovery operations.

Chinese Navy – Storm Warnings?

August 2nd, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – The buildup of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has caused quite a stir with the United States and its allies over the past few years. But China hardly has us over a barrel.

US Navy – Asymmetric Warfare, American Style

August 1st, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – Let’s just say it: AirSea Battle in East Asia is about China. Foreclosing its options is perhaps the surest way to deter aggression.

US Navy – A SEA Change

July 31st, 2012

- Air Force – The US military is refocusing its attention on the threats and opportunities in Southeast Asia, a region often overlooked in the last decade.

Iranian Navy – Iran bolsters retaliation capability in gulf, experts say

July 30th, 2012

- Washington Post – Iran is rapidly gaining new capabilities to strike at U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, amassing an arsenal of sophisticated anti-ship missiles while expanding its fleet of fast-attack boats and submarines, U.S. and Middle Eastern analysts say.

US Navy – Cloud Combat: Thinking Machines in Future Wars

July 29th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – The divisions between men and machines are crumbling, leading to an autonomous mechanized force.

US Navy – Payloads over Platforms: Charting a New Course

July 28th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – The Chief of Naval Operations says we need to move from ‘luxury-car’ platforms-with their built-in capabilities-toward dependable ‘trucks’ that can handle a changing payload selection. Is this the beginning of the end of the F-35 in the US Navy?

US Navy – Trucks, not limos

July 27th, 2012

- The Economist – An American admiral calls for new military thinking and questions stealth technology.

US Marines – US Osprey aircraft arrive in Japan amid protests

July 26th, 2012

- Associated Press – A shipload of MV-22 Ospreys arrived in Japan on Monday amid protests over safety issues that have aggravated longstanding grassroots concern over the presence of American bases in the country.

US Navy – Marines see calm in once-violent Afghan area

July 25th, 2012

- San Diego Union Tribune – Much has changed in Sangin since the spring of 2011. The Camp Pendleton unit then deployed to the area, the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, suffered more casualties during its seven-month tour to Sangin than any unit of the entire war.

US Navy – In the Pacific, new interest in war games

July 24th, 2012

- San Diego Union Tribune – The point of the Rim of the Pacific exercises every two years: to practice major naval maneuvers. As the Pentagon shifts its focus to the Pacific after 11 years of desert warfare, the number of nations attracted to these month-long international maritime war games has exploded. Twenty-two countries – notably Russia for the first time – paid their own way to Hawaii, even a 21-man contingent of Marines from tiny Tonga and a platoon of Malaysian army rangers. Two years ago the list was 14 nations long, and in 2008 there were 10.

US Navy – LCS: Quick Swap Concept Dead

July 23rd, 2012

- Defense News – The original idea for the littoral combat ship (LCS) envisioned modular mission packages that could be rapidly swapped, so one ship could change missions easily from mine warfare, for example, to anti-submarine warfare over the course of a single deployment. But instead of taking just days to make the switch, it’s now apparent it could take weeks. An LCS assigned to a particular operation will likely operate in a single “come-as-you-are” configuration, requiring additional ships equipped with other mission modules to provide the flexibility the concept once promised.

Chinese Navy – China caught red handed in the South China Sea

July 22nd, 2012

- Foreign Policy – Chinese officials were caught Friday with their pants down when the Defense Ministry was forced to admit in a brief statement that a naval frigate has run aground on the south eastern edge of the Spratly Islands– waters the Philippine government claims exclusive sovereignty over. Though Chinese officials described the vessels as a part of a “routine patrol,” the incident comes barely two weeks after the Philippine navy openly accused China of ignoring a June agreement to withdraw all ships from the Scarborough Shoal.

Piracy – World sea piracy falls in first 6 months of 2012

July 21st, 2012

- Associated Press – Sea piracy worldwide fell by 54 percent in the first half of 2012, led by a dramatic drop in Somali piracy, an international maritime watchdog said Monday.

Dutch Navy – Yo Ho Rotterdam!

July 20th, 2012

- Aviation Week – The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNN) landing platform dock Hr. Ms. Rotterdam left its home port of Den Helder yesterday to participate in NATO’s Operation Ocean Shield counterpiracy mission off the coast of Somalia.

Chinese Navy – China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress

July 19th, 2012

- Congressional Research Service – An excellent analysis of the current and future state of the Chinese Navy.

Afghanistan – After America

July 18th, 2012

- New Yorker – Dexter Filkins asks will civil war hit Afghanistan when the U.S. leaves?

US Navy – Floating Base Gives U.S. New Footing in the Persian Gulf

July 17th, 2012

- New York Times – One of the Navy’s oldest transport ships, now converted into one of its newest platforms for warfare, arrived in waters off Bahrain late last week, a major addition to the enlarged presence of American forces in the Persian Gulf designed as a counter to Iran.

Air Warfare – The Drone Zone

July 16th, 2012

- New York Times Magazine – At a desert facility, Air Force pilots are trained to fight America’s remote-controlled wars.

US Navy – US deploys underwater drones to hunt for Iranian drones

July 15th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – The United States is to intensify its military build up in the Persian Gulf by deploying miniature underwater drones to hunt for Iranian mines.

Iran – Raiding Iran Triggers Discussion Of When And How

July 14th, 2012

- Aviation Week – Evidence is mounting that the U.S. defense community and the Obama administration view 2013 as the likely window for a bombing attack on Iran’s nuclear and missile facilities. It could be earlier, timed to use the chaos of the Syrian government’s fall to disguise such an attack, or later, if international negotiations with Iran stretch out without failing completely. But there is evidence that Iran’s intransigence over shutting down its uranium-enrichment program will not buy it much more time. Because of these shifting factors, military planners and White House advisers are still debating the advisability of a kinetic attack on Iran even though they say that option is ready.

US Marines – A Grueling Course for Training Marine Officers Will Open Its Doors to Women

July 13th, 2012

- New York Times – CJ Chivers on how the Marines are preparing to let women enter infantry training.

US Navy – Afghan Conflict Losing Air Power as U.S. Pulls Out

July 12th, 2012

- New York Times – CJ Chiver’s chronicles the evolution of close air support and the crucial role it plays in today’s wars.

Royal Navy – Nuclear submarines hit by more than 200 fires in the past 25 years

July 11th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – There have been 266 fires on the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarines in the past 25 years.

Geopolitics / Syria – Halting Syrian chaos

July 10th, 2012

- Stratfor – Robert D. Kaplan analyses the current situation in Syria.

Chinese Navy – China’s Navy on the Horizon

July 9th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – Its first aircraft carrier is more significant for what she foreshadows than what she may show the world in the immediate future.

US Navy – Crafting a ‘Good’ Strategy

July 8th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – There’s no time like the present to start looking into the proverbial crystal ball and thinking about a maritime strategy ‘refresh.’

US Navy – Naval Operations: A Close Look at the Operational Level of War at Sea

July 7th, 2012

- US Naval War College Review – Today’s American navy writes prolifically about maritime strategies but has not devoted equal attention to campaign plans or analysis that tests the strategies’ viability. We illustrate herein how the operational-or campaign-level links policy and strategy to the tactical and technological elements of war at sea. First, we relate how the U.S. Navy reluctantly came to accept the existence of an operational level of warfare but having done so will find it useful. Second, we describe important properties of naval operations in terms of constants, trends, and variables in warfare at and from the sea. Third, we demonstrate how operational- level planning would help if the Navy and the nation were to adopt six clearly stated, twenty-first-century strategies that would serve present and future national policies better than do current strategy documents.

US Navy – Inside the New Defense Strategy

July 6th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – Norman Friedman looks at what’s new and what’s not in ‘Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense?’

Russian Navy – Renaissance of the Russian Navy?

July 5th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – Russia’s warship construction may be on the rise again, but the Russian naval mission of the 21st century appears markedly evolved from the Soviet naval mission of the 20th century.

Chinese Navy – Taking Mines Seriously: Mine Warfare in China’s Near Seas

July 4th, 2012

- US Naval War College Review – The mine warfare experiences of America and other nations are not lost on the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). Chinese naval analysts and historians understand the asymmetric potential for mine warfare to “baffle the enemy, and thus achieve exceptional combat results.” Mines provide what some have de- scribed as “affordable security via asymmetric means.”

US Navy – So Much Strategy, So Little Strategic Direction

July 3rd, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – The Navy has to work out its strategy-tactics confusion; until then, it will continue to put the budgetary cart before the strategic horse.

US Navy – Sailing Through the ‘Fog of Peace’

July 2nd, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – Professional military education is just as critical in a time of peace as it is in time of war—perhaps more so.

South African Navy – The South African Navy and African Maritime Security

July 1st, 2012

- US Naval War College Review – This article begins with a brief outline of the history of South Africa’s navy—a history that accounts for some of the contemporary navy’s shortcomings. The article then outlines the SAN’s current capabilities and addresses the current constraints it faces. The article closes by looking to the future and advocating steps and measures that will need to be taken if the South African Navy is to make a significant contribution to African, or indeed even South African, maritime security.

US Navy – SEALs: 50 Years and Counting

June 30th, 2012

- Naval History – In its first half century, a once little-known Navy unit has evolved into what is arguably the world’s most celebrated force of combat arms.

US Marines – Nothing Like a Good Maritime Raid

June 29th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – We started doing it 212 years ago. Now that the Marine Corps is going back to sea after a decade on the ground, it’s time to revive the Maritime Raid Force.

Miscellaneous – Networking the Global Maritime Partnership

June 28th, 2012

- US Naval War College Review – Six years after Admiral Michael Mullen, then Chief of Naval Operations, pro- posed his “thousand-ship navy” concept at the Seventeenth International Seapower Symposium at the U.S. Naval War College in 2005, his notion of a Global Maritime Partnership is gaining increasing currency within, between, and among navies.

Geopolitics / Arctic – The Emerging Arctic Frontier

June 27th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – The world may seem to be growing smaller, but its seas are growing bigger—particularly in the great North, where a widening water-highway beckons both with resources and challenges.

US Navy – The Transformation (Again!) of the Surface Navy

June 26th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – In the 1980s, the Tomahawk cruise missile expanded the surface Navy’s role; in the 2000s, new technologies continue to enhance surface warfare’s strategic significance.

Afghanistan – Little America excerpt: Obama’s troop increase for Afghan war was misdirected

June 25th, 2012

- Washington Post – An exceprt from Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s new book entitled “Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan.”

US Navy – U.S. Navy Finds More LCS-1 Issues During Special Trials

June 24th, 2012

- Aviation Week – While the U.S. Navy touted the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-1) USS Freedom’s completion of special trials in May as a solid success, service officials still found issues on the ship that need to be addressed.

Royal Navy – Divided over Trident

June 23rd, 2012

- The Economist – The coalition is at odds over plans for new nuclear submarines

Information Warfare – Cool War

June 22nd, 2012

- Foreign Policy – John Arquilla asks could the age of cyberwarfare lead us to a brighter future?

US Navy – Women on submarines “very successful”

June 21st, 2012

- San Diego Union Tribune – The commander of U.S. Navy submarine forces said the integration of women into the formerly all-male undersea world is “very successful” and signaled that he is getting close to a recommendation on whether all submarines will be opened to women, including the small, tight-quarters attack subs in San Diego.

Royal Navy – Philip Hammond unveils £1bn deal to pave way for Trident replacement

June 20th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – Britain is to forge ahead with a new generation of nuclear weapons with a £1bn contract to be unveiled this week.

Russian Navy – Russia ’sending warships to Syria’

June 19th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – Russia is preparing to send two amphibious assault ships to the Syrian port of Tartus. The move is seen as an attempt to ensure the safety of Russian nationals stationed at the strategic naval base Moscow operates on Syria’s Mediterranean coast.

Dutch Navy – Dutch Reinforce Ocean Shield

June 18th, 2012

- Defense Technology International – The Dutch parliament yesterday approved reinforcements of NATO’s Operation Ocean Shield counterpiracy mission while delaying a decision to expand the EU’s parallel Operation Atalanta until after parliamentary elections in September.

Indian Navy – Navy to dispatch four warships on overseas deployment

June 17th, 2012

- Times of India – In keeping with its steadily growing blue-water capabilities, the Navy is now all set to dispatch four warships on an overseas deployment to the Horn of Africa, Red Sea and the western Mediterranean, even as four of its other warships entered the Shanghai port in China on Wednesday.

Chinese Navy – Firepower bristles in South China Sea as rivalries harden

June 16th, 2012

- Reuters – In the early years of China’s rise to economic and military prowess, the guiding principle for its government was Deng Xiaoping’s maxim: “Hide Your Strength, Bide Your Time.” Now, more than three decades after paramount leader Deng launched his reforms, that policy has seemingly lapsed or simply become unworkable as China’s military muscle becomes too expansive to conceal and its ambitions too pressing to postpone.

Royal Navy – Cutting missile system leaves warships at risk

June 15th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – The Royal Navy’s warships will be vulnerable to enemy attack after a key project that allows ships to fire each other’s weapons was dropped.

Indian Navy – INS Vikramaditya Out for Sea Trials

June 14th, 2012

- Defense Technology International – The Indian Navy may start preparing to get into service the second aircraft carrier. On June 8, INS Vikramaditya left Russia’s Sevmash shipyard in Severdvinsk to head for its first sea trials. According to Sevmash, the trials will take 124 days. They will start in the White Sea, then the ship will sail further north, to the Barents Sea to test its air wing. Despite the fact that India has already trained the crew staff for Vikramaditya, during the trials the carrier will be operated by Russians accompanied by Indian Navy inspectors

Chinese Navy – 5 Things the Pentagon Isn’t Telling Us About the Chinese Military

June 13th, 2012

- Foreign Policy – Here’s what you won’t find in the Defense Department’s latest report on China’s military rise.

Reposted – I fixed the link to this article. Thanks to Terry for mentioning it to me!

US Navy – 20,000 colleagues under the sea

June 13th, 2012

- The Economist – Fleets of robot submarines will change oceanography (and warfare).

US Navy – The China syndrome

June 12th, 2012

- The Economist – AirSea Battle is now the Pentagon’s priority, but it has its critics

Dutch Navy – Yo Ho Dolfijn!

June 11th, 2012

- Defense Technology International – The Royal Netherlands Navy submarine Hr. Ms. Dolfijn returned to the port of Den Helder on 1 June after a three-month deployment as part of NATO’s Operation Ocean Shield counter-piracy mission off the Somali coast.

US Navy – Big powers jockey in the Pacific

June 10th, 2012

- BBC – The US has been, is, and will continue to be a Pacific power. That was the fundamental message the US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta brought to this year’s Asian security summit in Singapore.

US Navy – How will new Submarine Sensors and Payloads Influence Naval Warfare in the 21st Century?

June 9th, 2012

- Information Dissemination – Excellent article by Owen Cote on the future of undersea warfare.

US Navy – US Navy hopes stealth ship answers a rising China

June 8th, 2012

- Associated Press – A super-stealthy warship that could underpin the U.S. Navy’s China strategy will be able to sneak up on coastlines virtually undetected and pound targets with electromagnetic “railguns” right out of a sci-fi movie.

Information Warfare – Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran

June 7th, 2012

- New York Times – From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program.

US Navy – Submarine fire could have ripple effects for fleet

June 6th, 2012

- Virginian Pilot – The Navy is evaluating whether it’s worth spending millions of dollars to repair the Miami, the nuclear-powered submarine damaged in a fire in a Maine shipyard.

Information Warfare – Jamming Tripoli: Inside Moammar Gadhafi’s Secret Surveillance Network

June 5th, 2012

- Wired – A look at how cyberwar was waged by Libya against its citizens.

US Navy – Leon Panetta: US to deploy 60% of navy fleet to Pacific

June 4th, 2012

- BBC – The US is planning to move the majority of its warships to the Asia-Pacific region by 2020, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has revealed.

Chinese Navy – 5 Things the Pentagon Isn’t Telling Us About the Chinese Military

June 3rd, 2012

- Foreign Policy – Here’s what you won’t find in the Defense Department’s latest report on China’s military rise.

US Navy – US defence chief Panetta urges naval strength in Asia

June 2nd, 2012

- BBC – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has emphasised the importance of a strong US naval presence in Asia, on the eve of a trip to the region.

Intelligence – Navy dismisses Google’s alarm over ship-tracking

June 1st, 2012

- Virginian Pilot – When a top Google official came to Virginia Beach last week to speak at a respected defense conference, he delivered a stunning and convincing message: The company is on the verge of unveiling a project that could reveal to the public the precise locations of many ships at sea, including U.S. Navy ships.

Geopolitics / Vietnam – The Vietnam Solution

May 31st, 2012

- The Atlantic – Robert D. Kaplan on how a former enemy became a crucial U.S. ally in balancing China’s rise

Indian Navy – Indian Aircraft Carrier Sea Trials Postponed Until June

May 30th, 2012

- Indian Navy – Indian Aircraft Carrier Sea Trials Postponed Until June – Sea trials of the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier being overhauled for the Indian navy at the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia have been postponed until the beginning of June.

Royal Navy – New milestone as huge Royal Navy warship section sets sail

May 29th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – The ”largest and most powerful warship” ever built for the Royal Navy has achieved another milestone as a massive section of HMS Queen Elizabeth left port.

Intelligence – US Naval War College’s Strategic Research Department Weekly Maritime News Survey

May 28th, 2012

- US Naval War College’s Strategic Research Department Weekly Maritime News Survey – This is a great naval news source I just learned of, which is updated each Monday.

Thanks to Jim for the link!

Royal Navy – Up she rises: first woman to command a warship takes post today

May 28th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – The first female commander of a major Royal Navy warship takes up her post today.

Royal Navy – Scottish independence: Country would lose warship contracts

May 27th, 2012

- The Scotsman – An independent Scotland will lose all its Royal Navy contracts, UK ministers have confirmed, in a move which would put 16,000 jobs at risk along with the country’s entire shipbuilding industry. The coalition government warned that if Scotland becomes a “foreign country”, defence contractors could no longer use Scottish yards in their bids.

Intelligence – Google Can Track Ships At Sea — Including US Navy; Detailed Maps Planned of Sea Bottom

May 26th, 2012

- AOL Defense – Google will soon make public information about virtually every ship at sea, giving the current location and identity even of American warships. Meanwhile, the company is consulting with the Navy and others about security issues.

US Navy – Step 1 in U.S. Plan to Rule Sea and Sky: Actually Share Data

May 25th, 2012

- Wired – No one really understands the Navy and the Air Force’s new blueprint for dominating Earth’s seas and skies. But what’s increasingly clear, even to the heads of both the Navy and the Air Force, is that there’s a big challenge ahead for it, one that doesn’t have anything to do with an adversary like China: getting U.S. ships, subs, planes and drones to actually talk to one another.

US Marines – Under Attack

May 24th, 2012

- Wall Street Journal – When a suicide bomber struck a convoy in Afghanistan, a routine Marine patrol turned into a harrowing firefight. Michael M. Phillips with an eyewitness account of bravery and tragedy in the confusion of war.

Piracy – Private navy planned to counter pirate raids

May 23rd, 2012

- The National – A private navy costing US$70 million (Dh257m) is being set up to escort merchant ships through the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden. It will comprise a fleet of 18 ships, based in Djibouti, and will offer to convoy merchant vessels along the Internationally Recognised Transit Corridor (IRTC).

Israeli Navy – Israel’s military looks to the sea

May 22nd, 2012

- Los Angeles Times – Israel buys a sixth German-made submarine. A navy officer explains why Israel’s military is looking increasingly to the seas.

Royal Navy – Royal Navy ‘Top Gun’ pilots train to fly US fighters

May 21st, 2012

- Royal Navy – Royal Navy ‘Top Gun’ pilots train to fly US fighters – British Royal Navy pilot Lt Dan Latham is walking out to his aircraft with his American colleague for a training mission that will see them fly through the cloudless skies for hundreds of miles over the desert on a practice bombing raid. Dan, from Ormskirk in Lancashire, is one of the lucky few chosen to fly with his American naval counterparts in the US for four years. The Royal Navy want to ensure the maritime flying skills of their pilots are maintained, until the new British aircraft carriers and the stealth fighter jets due to fly from them are ready.

French Navy – France: U.K. F-35 Pick Could Reduce Naval Cooperation

May 20th, 2012

- Defense News – France regretted the prospect of reduced cooperation with the British fleet air arm following London’s selection of the F-35B short-takeoff, vertical-landing version of the Joint Strike Fighter, and hoped collaboration would continue.

US Navy – US Downs Test Missile With New Interceptor

May 19th, 2012

- Reuters – U.S. forces said they had destroyed a target in the first successful test of the Navy’s newest anti-missile interceptor, designed to protect allies from attacks by countries like North Korea and Iran.

US Navy – Navy study: Sonar, blasts might hurt more sea life

May 18th, 2012

- Associated Press – The U.S. Navy may hurt more dolphins and whales by using sonar and explosives in Hawaii and California under a more thorough analysis that reflects new research and covers naval activities in a wider area than previous studies.

US Navy – Defense leaders push US to sign sea treaty

May 17th, 2012

- Associated Press – Top defense leaders argued Wednesday for the U.S. to ratify a long-debated treaty governing ocean rights in order to bolster the nation’s national security interests in the Asia-Pacific region and other key global waters.

Piracy – Somali piracy: EU forces in first mainland raid

May 16th, 2012

- BBC – EU naval forces have conducted their first raid on pirate bases on the Somali mainland, saying they have destroyed several boats.

US Navy – U.S. plans 10-month warship deployment to Singapore

May 16th, 2012

- Reuters – The first of a new class of U.S. coastal warships will be sent to Singapore next spring for a roughly 10-month deployment, spotlighting a move that may stir China’s fears of U.S. involvement in South China Sea disputes.

Royal Navy – Critics attack Government U-turn on fighter jets

May 15th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – A major retreat over aircraft for the Royal Navy’s new carriers will be announced today, abandoning plans to buy the conventional take-off version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, will tell MPs that the Government will now purchase the jump-jet model of the plane instead.

US Navy – What Price Freedom?: LCS-1 Leaves Dry Dock Amid Questions About Worthiness

May 14th, 2012

- Aviation Week – The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-1) USS Freedom is plagued by extensive corrosion and manufacturing issues more recent and serious than anything the Pentagon or prime contractor Lockheed Martin has publicly acknowledged thus far. This is based on a guided tour of the ship in dry dock, as well as sources intimately familiar with Freedom’s design, repairs and operations, U.S. Navy documents and defense analysts.

US Navy – The Navy’s Pacific Problem

May 13th, 2012

- Foreign Policy – Does the U.S. military have the resources for an Asian century?

US Coast Guard – New Coast Guard ship has rust, holes in hull

May 12th, 2012

- Associated Press – When a boat springs a leak, it’s often the Coast Guard to the rescue. But who rescues the Coast Guard when one its new ships does the same thing?

Royal Navy – Navy ‘forced to drop year-round Somalia piracy patrols’

May 11th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – The Royal Navy no longer has enough warships to dedicate one to fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia all year round, it was reported.

Intelligence – China’s Accidental Spies

May 10th, 2012

- Pacific Standard – Is an unassuming group of Chinese bloggers who are obsessed with military hardware doing the Pentagon’s work? Or Beijing’s?

US Navy – Electronic Blast Slated for Unmanned Attack Aircraft

May 9th, 2012

- Defense Technology International – Most aircraft slated to go onto aircraft carries have to go through an electronic magnetic interference test that bathes the design in about 200 volts per meter. But the test platform for the Navy’s unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike (Uclass) aircraft program, will have to endure 10 times the electronic stress. Undoubtedly that means the Navy wants a design for its unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike (UCLASS) aircraft program that would be able to fire a permanently installed, rechargeable, anti-electronics weapon.

US Navy – Platforms and Upgrades Will Change Electronic Warfare

May 8th, 2012

- Defense Technology International – The U.S. Navy’s F/A-XX strike fighter, the EA-18G Growler, an unmanned combat aircraft (currently exemplified by two X-47B test platforms) and a nascent arsenal of specialized air-launched standoff weapons are all part of a new emphasis on exploiting the electro-magnetic spectrum.

Miscellaneous – The Desert One Debacle

May 7th, 2012

- The Atlantic – Mark Bowden writes that in April 1980, President Jimmy Carter sent the Army’s Delta Force to bring back fifty-three American citizens held hostage in Iran. Everything went wrong. The fireball in the Iranian desert took the Carter presidency with it.

Royal Navy – Nowhere To Run

May 6th, 2012

- Defense Technology International – Bill Sweetman describes how if Scotland becomes independent, there may be no place to base the UK’s ballistic missile submarine force.

Information Warfare – People Power 2.0

May 5th, 2012

- Technology Review – How civilians helped win the Libyan information war.

US Marines – Marines prepare to open combat jobs to women

May 4th, 2012

- San Diego Union Tribune – The Marine Corps will begin assigning women to newly opened combat jobs this year, conduct research on their physical capabilities, and in the most striking move, open the infantry officer training course to them, the commandant said in a message to all Marines Monday.

US Marines – U.S. comes to agreement with Japan to move 9,000 Marines off Okinawa

May 3rd, 2012

- Washington Post – The U.S. and Japanese governments said Thursday that they will move about 9,000 Marines off Okinawa to other bases in the Western Pacific, in a bid to remove a persistent irritant in the relationship between the two allies.

Chinese Navy – Shoal mates

May 2nd, 2012

- The Economist – America’s navy riles China in its backyard

Chinese Navy – How Effective Will China’s Carrier-Based Fighters Be?

May 1st, 2012

- DefenseTech – An exceprt from an analysis of what the J-15 will mean for China’s neighbors written last sumer by DefenseTech’s go to China guru Andrew Erickson.

Chinese Navy – China’s Carrier Fighter Fleet

April 30th, 2012

- DefenseTech – Some photos of China’s entire carrier-based fighter fleet.

Royal Navy – HMS Astute submarine grounding was caused be navigation and planning errors

April 29th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – A series of errors contributed to the grounding of a nuclear-powered submarine off the west coast of Scotland more than two years ago, a report has found.

Chinese Navy – Recent acitivites around Chinese Shipyards

April 28th, 2012

- Information Dissemination – A catch up on the activities around the different Chinese shipyards.

Vietnamese Navy – Vietnam hosts naval exchange with US Navy

April 27th, 2012

- Associated Press – Vietnam kicked off a weeklong naval exchange Monday with the U.S. Navy, with the former battlefield enemies cooperating amid percolating tensions in the South China Sea with Beijing.

Royal Navy – Reverse thrust

April 26th, 2012

- The Economist – “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” asked John Maynard Keynes. David Cameron might feel like quoting the great economist when he tells Parliament, as now seems almost certain, that the government is reversing its decision to buy the aircraft-carrier version of the Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35C, rather than the F-35B variant originally ordered by Labour in the 1990s.

Royal Navy – New warplanes ‘less capable’, secret paper shows

April 25th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – Britain’s Armed Forces will be less able to undertake future military operations with the fighter jets ministers are preparing to buy in a cost-saving exercise, secret defence plans have revealed.

US Navy – U.S. Navy Plans Better Ship Maintenance

April 23rd, 2012

- Aviation Week and Space Technology – As promised, the U.S. Navy is focusing on taking greater care of its surface fleet, with the release this month of a new manual that details how the service will better maintain most of those ships.

US Navy – Cutting-edge Navy warship being built in Maine

April 22nd, 2012

- AP – An enormous, expensive and technology-laden warship that some Navy leaders once tried to kill because of its cost is now viewed as an important part of the Obama administration’s Asia-Pacific strategy, with advanced capabilities that the Navy’s top officer says represent the Navy’s future.

Royal Navy – ‘Major milestone’ for Royal Navy warship

April 21st, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – The ”largest and most powerful warship” ever built for the Royal Navy is beginning to take shape as two massive sections of HMS Queen Elizabeth were joined together.

US Navy – U.S. Navy Focus Shifts to Asia-Pacific

April 20th, 2012

- Aviation Week – The U.S. Navy’s expanding mission in Asia and the Pacific Ocean is a striking example of early planning turned on its head by changing threats. That upset is now being righted by innovations on the fly.

Chinese Navy – Chinese Navy Employs UAV Assets

April 19th, 2012

- Signal – China’s navy has begun using unmanned aerial vehicles as part of its blue-water operations. At least one type has been photographed by foreign reconnaissance aircraft, and other variants have been reported. Not only has China been displaying an assortment of models at air shows, it also is incorporating advanced U.S. unmanned vehicle technology into current and future systems.

New Yorker – Our Men in Iran?

April 18th, 2012

- New Yorker – Seymour Hirsch looks at US covert operations in Iran.

Miscellaneous – The Invisible Army

April 17th, 2012

- New Yorker – For foreign workers on U.S. bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, war can be hell.

Chinese Navy – The dragon’s new teeth

April 16th, 2012

- The Economist – A rare look inside the world’s biggest military expansion.

Chinese Navy – China’s military rise

April 15th, 2012

- Economist – There are ways to reduce the threat to stability that an emerging superpower poses.

Geopolitics / Asia – America’s Pacific Logic

April 14th, 2012

- Stratfor – Robert D. Kaplan writes that the Obama administration “pivot” to the Pacific, formally announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last November and reiterated more recently by the president himself, might appear like a reassertion of America’s imperial tendencies just at the time when Washington should be concentrating on the domestic economy. But in fact, the pivot was almost inevitable.

Russian Navy – Driving Inside the Soviets’ Secret Submarine Lair

April 13th, 2012

- Wired – Driving through the cavernous entrance carved into the heavy rock of the mountain was pure James Bond, but the base that unfolded inside was a hard-hitting mix of superspy fantasy and the coarse reality of the Cold War world in which it played a key part.

Philippine Navy – Philippines ‘withdraws warship’ amid China stand-off

April 12th, 2012

- BBC – The Philippines says it has withdrawn its largest warship from a continuing stand-off with Chinese boats in the disputed South China Sea.

Royal Navy – Falkland Islands: Britain ‘would lose’ if Argentina decides to invade now

April 12th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – Admiral Sir John Forster Woodward – who in 1982 gave the order to sink the General Belgrano – regrets not making more of how the Falklands war was won.

Philippine Navy – Philippine warship ‘in stand-off’ with Chinese vessels

April 11th, 2012

- BBC – The Philippines says its main naval vessel is engaged in a stand-off with Chinese surveillance ships at a disputed South China Sea shoal.

Indian Navy – Russian-built nuclear submarine joins Indian navy

April 11th, 2012

- BBC – India has formally commissioned a nuclear-powered submarine into its navy, rejoining the elite club of nations with such a weapon.

Royal Navy – HMS Dauntless sets sail for Falklands as tensions mount between Britain and Argentina

April 10th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – The Royal Navy’s newest destroyer HMS Dauntless set sail on its maiden mission for the Falklands today amid strained diplomatic relations between Argentina and Britain.

US Navy – US Navy deploys 2nd aircraft carrier to Gulf

April 9th, 2012

- Associated Press – The deployment of the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise along the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks only the fourth time in the past decade that the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating at the same time in the region.

US Marines – First contingent of 200 US Marines arrives in Darwin

April 9th, 2012

- BBC – The first contingent of 200 United States Marines has arrived in Darwin. The troops are there on a six-month rotational basis and will take part in training exercises with the Australian Defence Force.

Information Warfare – The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)

April 8th, 2012

- Wired – James Bamford writes that under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.

Iran – Lessons for Israel and Iran from “Persian Incursion”

April 7th, 2012

- Defense Media Network – Persian Incursion wargame designer Larry Bond describes strategies that help one side or the other if Israel were to attack Iran.

US Navy – New combat ship took choppy path

April 6th, 2012

- New York Times – The Navy’s newest ship is designed to battle Iranian attack boats, clear mines from the Strait of Hormuz, chase down Somali pirates and keep watch on China’s warships. The ones built here even look menacing, like Darth Vader on the sea.

(Thanks to Eric for the link!)

Indian Navy – Naval exercise with U.S. begins on Saturday

April 6th, 2012

- The Hindu – The 2012 edition of the annual India-U.S. naval exercise, ‘Malabar,’ will be held in the Bay of Bengal from April 7.

Iran – Things to Think About Before Israel Attacks Iran

April 6th, 2012

- Defense Media Network – Excellent discussion by Persian Incursion wargame designer Larry Bond on the points that are routinely missed by the media in any discussion of a potential attack by Israel on Iran.

Russian Navy – Troubled Russian missile to be retested

April 5th, 2012

- UPI – Test launches for the submarine-based Bulava missile, a Russian weapon with a history of failures, are scheduled for the fall, the sub builder says.

Royal Navy – Short, victorious war

April 4th, 2012

- Economist – On April 2nd 1982 Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands. The war Britain fought to recover them still colours domestic politics

Royal Navy – Falkland Islands: UK denies sending nuclear-armed submarine to South Atlantic

April 3rd, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – Britain has officially denied sending a nuclear-armed submarine to the South Atlantic amid rising diplomatic tensions with Argentina over the Falkland Islands.

Chinese Navy – China and Russia plan joint naval war exercises in Sea of Japan and Yellow Sea

April 2nd, 2012

- Associated Press – China says it will join Russia in naval war games starting next month in the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea.

Afghanistan – An end to illusion

April 1st, 2012

- Financial Times – Anatol Lieven writes that among other flaws, it was the ignorance of local realities that led to the failure of the western project in Afghanistan.

US Navy – US military eyes Cocos Islands as a future Indian Ocean spy base

April 1st, 2012

- The Age – United States military aircraft, including drones undertaking surveillance operations over the South China Sea, could be based on Australia’s Cocos and Keeling Islands in the Indian Ocean.

French Navy – Inside the FREMM Aquitaine

March 31st, 2012

- Defense Technology International – As promised in the previous post here are some photos of the Aquitaine’s living quarters.

French Navy – Ares boards the FREMM Aquitaine

March 30th, 2012

- Defense Technology International – The first of class of the French Navy’s FREMMs, the Aquitaine, is currently undergoing the third of its four sea-trial missions, this one to check the combat management system. Despite the large numbers of people aboard (DCNS engineers and the French naval personnel actually sailing the ship), a small handful of journalists was able to squeeze aboard earlier this week and photograph almost everything.

Royal Navy – New delay over fighter jet choice

March 29th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – A decision on the choice of the Royal Navy’s new combat jet has been delayed yet again following disagreements between senior officers and defence ministers.

Royal Navy – Aircraft carrier costs will be half what you think, US tells ministers

March 28th, 2012

- Royal Navy – Aircraft carrier costs will be half what you think, US tells ministers – The US Navy has intervened over the adaptation of a British aircraft carrier for a new generation of fighter jets, to assure ministers that the cost will be less than half the Ministry of Defence’s estimate.

US Navy – Navy asks to slow building of two carriers

March 27th, 2012

- Virginian Pilot – Driven by pressures to cut spending in its 2013 budget, the Navy wants to take two extra years to build the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy, which is to be constructed at Newport News Shipbuilding.

Royal Navy – Britain has to decide upon the Royal Navy’s role

March 26th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – A former First Sea Lord laments the Royal Navy’s lack of ships – but what it needs most is a maritime strategy.

Royal Navy – Government plans U-turn on aircraft carriers as catapult costs spiral

March 25th, 2012

- Guardian – Defence secretary wants to switch back to version of Joint Strike Fighter ministers dismissed as more costly and less effective.

Royal Navy – Peru cancels Royal Navy visit over Falklands

March 24th, 2012

- BBC – Peru has cancelled a visit by a Royal Navy frigate as an act of solidarity with Argentina in its dispute with the UK over the Falkland Islands.

Iran – U.S. War Game Sees Perils of Israeli Strike Against Iran

March 23rd, 2012

- New York Times – A classified war simulation held this month to assess the repercussions of an Israeli attack on Iran forecasts that the strike would lead to a wider regional war, which could draw in the United States and leave hundreds of Americans dead, according to American officials.

Air Warfare – Stress of combat reaches drone crews

March 22nd, 2012

- Los Angeles Times – Physically they may be thousands of miles from Iraq or Afghanistan. Psychologically, they’re on the ground with troops. The disconnect, and the sense of helplessness, take a toll.

Geopolitics / Middle East – 1848: History’s Shadow Over the Middle East

March 21st, 2012

- Stratfor – Robert D. Kaplan compares the situation in Europe in 1848 to today’s Arab Spring.

US Navy – Navy says it will add ships to Persian Gulf amid Iran threats

March 20th, 2012

- Los Angeles Times – The U.S. Navy is upgrading its defensive and offensive capabilities in the Persian Gulf to counter threats from Iran to seize the Strait of Hormuz and block the flow of oil, the chief of naval operations said Friday.

Operations Other Than War – Foreign Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster-Relief Operations: Lessons Learned and Best Practices

March 19th, 2012

- US Naval War College Review – Foreign humanitarian assistance and disaster-relief (FHA/DR) operations are some of the most complicated operations conducted by the military. These missions constitute a core Navy mission; their planning and execution differ from those of a kinetic military campaign, but addressing the key principles early will enable the successful execution. The following lessons learned are based on the author’s experiences over the past two years conducting five FHA/DR operations in the western Pacific.

US Navy – The Long Reach of Aegis

March 18th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – Combining Aegis with the new Joint Strike Fighter will enhance coverage and lead to a global honeycomb of defensive capabilities.

Singaporean Navy – Seeking Balance: Force Projection, Confidence Building, and the Republic of Singapore Navy

March 17th, 2012

- US Naval War College Review – Despite the widespread proliferation of studies on the major navies in Asia, first and foremost that of China, writings on the small navies of Asia-Southeast Asia in particular-have been few and far between. The slant toward those major navies is warranted by their influence on the regional naval balance of power. However, it scarcely does justice to the small navies of Southeast Asia, a region of huge maritime geostrategic importance with potential security ramifications for wider Asian and global maritime security. Southeast Asia is also the scene of an interesting and serious buildup of sophis- ticated naval capabilities.
This article therefore attempts to redress, at least partially, the dearth of interest in the small navies in Southeast Asia, using the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) as a case study.

US Navy – Navy 2025: Forward Warfighters

March 16th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – An August article in Proceedings laid out “Ten Realities for the New CNO.” Here, the new CNO offers his vision of the Navy 15 years hence, which touches on several of those same issues.

South Korean Navy – The Republic of Korea’s Counter-asymmetric Strategy: Lessons from ROKS Cheonan and Yeonpyeong Island

March 15th, 2012

- US Naval War College Review – Since its provocations against Yeonpyeong Island on 23 November 2010, North Korea’s asymmetric threats have emerged as one of the most momentous security issues for the Republic of Korea (ROK). After bitter defeats in the First and Second Yeonpyeong Sea Battles, as well as in the Daechung Sea Battle of No- vember 2009, North Korea recognized its disadvantage in symmetric surface-ship provocations. It resorted instead to new and unexpected tactics, utilizing its latest small submarine to torpedo ROKS Cheonan on 26 March 2010.

US Navy – Embrace Life in the (Weapons Engagement) Zone!

March 14th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – Sometimes a heavyweight has to shake up his punch-repertoire—the U.S. military should heed that lesson.

Chinese Navy – Beijing’s “Starter Carrier” and Future Steps: Alternatives and Implications

March 13th, 2012

- US Naval War College Review – An analysis of the Chinese Navy’s new aircraft carrier.

US Marines – Amphibious, Now More Than Ever

March 12th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – Even though the threat symmetry may have changed, the Navy-Marine Corps team still needs the capability to insert ground troops from the sea.

Editorial – War Studies Primer 2012 Now Available

March 11th, 2012

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Royal Navy – Opposing worlds

March 10th, 2012

- Economist – A climate of nationalist agitation.

Chinese Navy – Mahan’s Naval Strategy: China Learned It. Will America Forget It?

March 9th, 2012

- World Affairs – A nice look at how the Chinese are now Mahan’s foremost students…

Miscellaneous – Characterizing and exploring the implications of Maritime Irregular Warfare

March 8th, 2012

- RAND – A nice review of the current state of maritime irregular warfare.

US Navy – Navy thinning is forcing out thousands of sailors

March 7th, 2012

- Virginian Pilot – 3,000 sailors will lose their jobs in the coming months as part of an unprecedented and drastic effort to thin the Navy’s ranks in overcrowded job fields. It marks the first time the service will lay off thousands of sailors who are in the middle of enlistment contracts. In the months since the move was announced, it has become widely unpopular and controversial.

Royal Navy – Navy aircraft carrier plans hit by further delays

March 6th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – Britain could be left without an aircraft carrier equipped with fighter jets for the next decade after soaring costs threw Ministry of Defence plans into doubt.

Information Warfare – In Attack on Vatican Web Site, a Glimpse of Hackers’ Tactics

March 5th, 2012

- New York Times – The elusive hacker movement known as Anonymous has carried out Internet attacks on well-known organizations like Sony and PBS. In August, the group went after its most prominent target yet: the Vatican. A nice look at how they do it…

US Navy – Electric Shot — Navy Fires Prototype Railgun

March 4th, 2012

- Defense Technology International – The U.S. Navy has begun firing the first of two prototype electromagnetic railgun launchers as it moves a step closer to deploying the long-range, high-speed weapon on its warships.

Iran – How Israel might strike at Iran

March 3rd, 2012

- BBC – For all the myriad challenges facing Israel over the past decade it is the potential threat from a nuclear-armed Iran that has preoccupied the country’s military planners.

Danish Navy – Danish ship fires on Somali pirates

March 2nd, 2012

- Los Angeles Times – A Danish warship opened fire on a Somali pirate ship, killing two hostages and arresting 17 suspects.

US Navy – U.S. Bulks Up Iran Defenses

March 1st, 2012

- Wall Street Journal – The Pentagon is beefing up U.S. sea- and land-based defenses in the Persian Gulf to counter any attempt by Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran – Bombing Iran

February 29th, 2012

- The Economist – Nobody should welcome the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran. But bombing the place is not the answer.

Iran – Attacking Iran: Up in the air

February 28th, 2012

- Economist – The probability of an attack on Iran’s nuclear programme has been increasing. But the chances of it ending the country’s nuclear ambitions are low

Royal Australian Navy – US floats nuclear subs option

February 27th, 2012

- Financial Review – The United States has indicated for the first time it would be willing to lease or sell a nuclear submarine to Australia in a move that will inflame tensions with China and force the Coalition to declare its policy on ­bolstering regional defence.

US Navy – Air-Sea Battle: Promoting Stability in an Era of Uncertainty

February 26th, 2012

- American Interest – A more detailed look at how Air Sea battle is supposed to work in practice.

Terrorism – War on terror — Round 3

February 25th, 2012

- Terrorism – War on terror — Round 3 – Andrew J. Bacevich writes that even as our troops march hither and yon, America seems to be losing the thread in an ‘era of persistent conflict.’

Russian Navy – Visiting Leading Shipbuilding Enterprises of Russia

February 24th, 2012

- English Russia – A photo essay looking inside the factory where the Kilo-class submarines are built and overhauled.

Air Warfare – A Brief History of Drones

February 23rd, 2012

- The Nation – A look at the history of the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in warfare.

Iran – Iran Raid Seen as a Huge Task for Israeli Jets

February 22nd, 2012

- New York Times – Should Israel decide to launch a strike on Iran, its pilots would have to fly more than 1,000 miles across unfriendly airspace, refuel in the air en route, fight off Iran’s air defenses, attack multiple underground sites simultaneously — and use at least 100 planes.

Iranian Navy – Iranian Ships Reported to Leave Syria

February 21st, 2012

- New York Times – Two Iranian warships that docked in a Syrian port as a senior Iranian lawmaker denounced American calls for arming the Syrian opposition were reported on Tuesday to have left the Mediterranean, sailing south through the Suez Canal toward the Red Sea.

Iran – Strait of Hormuz: Iran’s disruptive military options

February 21st, 2012

- International Institute For Strategic Studies – Could Iran shut the Strait of Hormuz, or significantly hinder traffic passing through it? A recent decision by the European Union to impose a total embargo on the purchase of Iranian oil has prompted threats from Tehran to close the world’s most important oil chokepoint. However, an assessment of military capabilities deployed in the area, and of probable tactics, suggests that Iran would find it difficult or unpalatable to cause major disruption.

(Thanks to Worda for the link!)

Iranian Navy – Iran claims its navy enters Mediterranean as tensions with Israel grow

February 20th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – Iran’s navy claimed its warships entered the Mediterranean on Saturday to show its ‘might’ to regional countries, as a high-level American official was due to arrive in Israel.

Swedish Navy – New Submarines Improve Performance

February 20th, 2012

- Defense Technology International – The original stealth weapons, submarines may be second only to unmanned systems in the degree to which they have exploited new technology in the past two decades. Major advances have included air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems, increasing submerged endurance and mobility; automation, reducing crew size (and consequently, life-cycle costs) and improving habitability; electro-optical masts that can sweep the horizon with high-definition in seconds and drop out of sight; and new torpedoes and other weapons. On the near horizon is the the mating of SSKs with unmanned air and underwater vehicles (UUV).

Iranian Navy – Iran Delays War Games in Strait of Hormuz?

February 19th, 2012

- Stratfor – Stratfor sources have indicated that Iranian naval exercises scheduled to take place by Feb. 19 have been delayed or possibly canceled. Given other recent moves by the United States and Iran aimed at reducing bilateral tensions, the apparent delay may have been motivated by a desire to facilitate talks on Iran’s nuclear program, among other issues.

Royal Navy – Sea Ceptor is Born

February 19th, 2012

- Defense Technology International – The U.K. has given the go ahead for the short-range air defense system for its Type 26 Global Combat Ship and also the existing Type 23 frigates.

US Navy – Obama’s Asia strategy gives Navy key role, fewer ships

February 18th, 2012

- Washington Post – As the Obama administration reorients its military strategy toward Asia and the vital maritime trade routes in the Pacific, the bulk of the responsibility will fall on the Navy, which was largely sidelined during the land wars of the last decade.

US Navy – Next Generation Jammer will be uninhabited

February 18th, 2012

- Aviation Week – The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, long touted as the follow-on to the EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft, is no longer heir-apparent as the king of nonkinetic warfare. The often-delayed Lockheed Martin JSF program is being more narrowly focused on its conventional attack role. Jamming is no longer a priority for the stealthy fighter. The airframes expected to carry the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) are conventional-signature unmanned aerial systems and will be followed by stealthy unmanned designs.

Russian Navy – Russian sub had nukes aboard during fire

February 17th, 2012

- Russian Navy – Russian sub had nukes aboard during fire – A Russian sub had nuclear-tipped missiles and other weapons aboard when it caught fire in dry dock during December repairs in the arctic.

Indian Navy – India’s Navy Leases Russian Akula II Submarine

February 17th, 2012

- Defense Technology International – On January 23 the Indian Navy received the Russian Nerpa Project 971 Shchuka-B class nuclear powered attack submarine on a 10-year lease.

US Navy – USS Abraham Lincoln in Strait of Hormuz voyage

February 16th, 2012

- US Navy – USS Abraham Lincoln in Strait of Hormuz voyage – The US aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln has sailed through the Strait of Hormuz, close to the coast of Iran, for the second time in recent weeks.

French Navy – A Virtual Tour of the BPC Dixmude

February 16th, 2012

- Defense Technology International – Today I invite you to join me on a photographic foray aboard the BPC Dixmude, the third of the multi-mission amphibious landing helicopter docks to be delivered by STX and DCNS to the French Navy.

Royal Navy – 21st century airships may join Navy fleet

February 15th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – A new generation of British-built airships may be bought by the Royal Navy to resupply ships, follwoing their use by the US Army on the front line in Afghanistan.

Geopolitics / Libya – Inside story of the UK’s secret mission to beat Gaddafi

February 15th, 2012

- BBC – British efforts to help topple Colonel Gaddafi were not limited to air strikes. On the ground – and on the quiet – special forces soldiers were blending in with rebel fighters. This is the previously untold account of the crucial part they played.

US Navy – U.S. admiral says forces prepared to confront Iran

February 14th, 2012

- Associated Press – The top U.S. Navy official in the Gulf said Sunday he takes Iran’s military capabilities seriously but insists his forces are prepared to confront any Iranian aggression in the region.

Royal Navy – Royal Navy chief looks to the future with carrier, F-35 programmes

February 14th, 2012

- Flight – The Royal Navy and Fleet Air Arm entered a period of forced transformation 16 months ago, when the UK government approved major cuts to their equipment and personnel structures as part of its Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). However, with a final tranche of about 300 staff cuts having been confirmed in mid-January, the head of the UK’s “senior service” is looking firmly to the future.

US Navy – Frigates join other nations in hunt for drugs

February 13th, 2012

- Military Times – Four Navy frigates and a patrol squadron operating in the 4th Fleet area of responsibility have joined a new multi-national effort to combat illicit trafficking routes in Central America.

Iraq – My Mesopotamian Getaway

February 13th, 2012

- Foreign Policy – An excellent overview of post-American Iraq, by the Iraqi scholar Emma Sky.

Geopolitics – Egypt / Egypt’s Human Bellwether

February 12th, 2012

- New York Times Magazine – To know the future of Egypt, watch what happens to Mohamed Beltagy, the embattled hero of the revolution.

Royal Navy – Argentina accuses Britain of sending nuclear missiles to Falklands

February 11th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – Argentina has stepped up its sabre-rattling rhetoric over the Falkland Islands by accusing Britain of sending nuclear missiles on submarines to the South Atlantic.

US Navy – Are Pilots—or Robots—the Future of Naval Aviation?

February 11th, 2012

- Popular Mechanics – America’s aircraft carriers face fresh threats. But will the new breed of warplanes that meet those threats be flown by top Navy pilots, or will they be incredibly advanced autonomous UAVs? The dogfight for the future of navy flying is on.

Afghanistan – The Hard Way Out of Afghanistan

February 10th, 2012

- New York Times Magazine – Fighting to the finish in Afghanistan’s most dangerous place.

US Navy – Navy fliers’ love-hate relationship with water-crash survival class

February 9th, 2012

- New York Times – C.J. Chivers looks at the survival training naval aviators must undergo regularly.

Royal Navy – Royal Navy to send HMS Dauntless to Falkland Islands

February 9th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – The Royal Navy’s most sophisticated warship is being sent to the South Atlantic in a move that will send a powerful message to Argentina.

US Marines – Navy-Marines’ amphib mission has reptilian name

February 8th, 2012

- Virginian Pilot – For months, Navy and Marine Corps brass have talked up a massive training exercise with a funny name – Bold Alligator – and a serious objective: revitalizing amphibious warfare.

Royal Navy – Britain faces ‘impossible’ battle if Argentina invades Falklands, warns General Sir Michael Jackson

February 8th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – Britain will find it “impossible” to win back the Falkland Islands if Argentina invades them again, General Sir Michael Jackson has warned.

US Navy – Record deployment nears end for Bataan, sister ships

February 7th, 2012

- Virginian Pilot – The crew of this warship has glimpsed American land for the first time in nearly 11 months, marking the last leg in what’s become the longest U.S. Navy ship deployment in nearly 40 years.

Geopolitics / Middle East – Turkey and Iran carve up a ruptured Arab world

February 7th, 2012

- Christian Science Monitor – Martin van Creveld writes that many analysts say the Middle East is the focus of a geopolitical power struggle between the United States and Iran. That misses the primary thread of events – namely, the ongoing soft partition of the Arab republics between Turkey and Iran, with Turkey the stronger power.

Iran – Will Israel Attack Iran?

February 6th, 2012

- New York Times Magazine – For the first time since the Iranian nuclear threat emerged, the conditions for an Israeli assault have been met.

Piracy – Seized Pirates in High-Seas Legal Limbo, With No Formula for Trials

February 5th, 2012

- New York Times – C.J. Chivers writes that the many navies involved in counterpiracy patrols off Africa’s northeastern shore have learned the pirates’ habits and sharpened interdiction efforts. Hijackings have declined sharply in the past year. But where interdiction ends, an enduring problem begins: what to do with the pirates that foreign ships detain?

US Navy – Warship Freedom again breaks down at sea

February 4th, 2012

- San Diego Union Tribune – For at least the fourth time in its young history, the San Diego-based littoral combat ship Freedom has developed a serious mechanical or structural problem, the latest which caused the vessel to experience minor flooding while it was operating off Southern California.

Royal Navy – Nuclear subs will stay in Scotland, Royal Navy chiefs decide

February 4th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – Britain’s nuclear deterrent would have to remain in Scotland even if the country voted for independence, Royal Navy chiefs have concluded.

Royal Navy – Argentina doesn’t have military power to seize the Falklands says defence minister

February 3rd, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – Argentina does not have the military capability to invade the Falkland Islands, Gerald Howarth, a Defence Minister, has claimed.

US Navy – Potent Sting Is Prepared in the Belly of a Warship

February 2nd, 2012

- New York Times – CJ Chivers visits the Red Shirts aboard the USS John C. Stennis.

Royal Navy – The Security Implications of Scottish independence

February 1st, 2012

- Royal United Services Institute – The victory of Scottish nationalists in the recent Scottish Parliamentary elections brings closer the possibility of Scotland’s independence. With Britain’s nuclear arsenal located largely in Scotland, policymakers must now consider what independence would entail for the security of the United Kingdom.

US Navy – Philippines may allow greater U.S. military presence in reaction to China’s rise

January 31st, 2012

- Washington Post – Two decades after evicting U.S. forces from their biggest base in the Pacific, the Philippines is in talks with the Obama administration about expanding the American military presence in the island nation, the latest in a series of strategic moves aimed at China.

Chinese Navy – Year of The Water Dragon: 12 Chinese Maritime Developments to Look for in 2012

January 30th, 2012

- Wall Street Journal – Beginning with the major potential newsmakers, here are 12 key things to watch for and what they mean.

US Navy – The Beach Boys: Surfing U…..MVs (Unmanned Maritime Vehicles)

January 29th, 2012

- DefenseIQ – Liquid Robotics Inc. is a Sunnyvale, California-based company that has developed the Wave Glider, a self-propelled and continuous Unmanned Maritime Vehicle (UMV). The company’s Wave Glider uses wave and solar energy to power itself for long periods of time, with some deployments having lasted years at a time.

(Thanks to Worda for the link!)

Iranian Navy – Is a US-Iran maritime clash inevitable?

January 29th, 2012

- BBC – In 1988, US warships clashed with Iranian forces in the Gulf. As a war of words now escalates, is there a danger that history will repeat itself?

US Navy – Navy wants commando ‘mothership’ in Middle East

January 28th, 2012

- Washington Post – The Pentagon is rushing to send a large floating base for commando teams to the Middle East as tensions rise with Iran, al-Qaeda in Yemen and Somali pirates, among other threats. In response to requests from U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, the Navy is converting the USS Ponce, an aging warship it had planned to decommission into a makeshift staging base for the commandos. Unofficially dubbed a “mothership,” the floating base could accommodate smaller high-speed boats and helicopters commonly used by Navy SEALs, procurement documents show.

Air Warfare – Do Drones Undermine Democracy?

January 28th, 2012

- New York Times – P.W. Singer asks if use of unmanned aerial vehicles by the US undermines our democracy.

US Navy – US to keep 11 aircraft carriers to show sea power

January 27th, 2012

- AP – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told sailors aboard the country’s oldest aircraft carrier that the U.S. is committed to maintaining a fleet of 11 of the formidable warships despite budget pressures, in part to project sea power against Iran.

US Navy – Somalia raid shows extent of U.S. reach

January 26th, 2012

- Los Angeles Times – The rescue of a U.S. aid worker and a Danish colleague held hostage since October was carried out by Navy SEALs from the unit that killed Osama bin Laden.

US Marines – Japanese forces and Marines train in Iron Fist

January 26th, 2012

- San Diego Union Tribune – Camp Pendleton troops will be storming the beaches with Japanese defense forces over the next month, building on long-standing military ties with an important strategic ally in the Asia Pacific amid rising tensions in the region.

Navy’s £5bn Harrier jet replacement ‘unable to land on aircraft carriers’

January 25th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – The Royal Navy’s multi-billion pound fighter plane programme is under threat amid claims that its new all-purpose jets cannot land on aircraft carriers.

Royal Navy – Royal Navy may have to set pirates free

January 25th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – The Royal Navy may be forced to release suspected pirates captured in the Indian Ocean because no country is willing to prosecute them.

Royal Navy – Britain could send military reinforcements to Gulf

January 24th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – Britain could send military reinforcements to the Gulf if the dispute with Iran escalates, according to Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary.

Royal Navy – Hunting pirates on board the RFA Fort Victoria

January 24th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – Holly Watt reports from the RFA Fort Victoria in the Indian Ocean as a raid by the Royal Navy on a fishing boat leads to the arrest of 14 suspected pirates.

US Navy – Battle For Control of Asia’s Seas Goes Underwater

January 23rd, 2012

- AP – It’s getting a bit more crowded under the sea in Asia, where Andrew Peterson commands one of the world’s mightiest weapons: a $2 billion nuclear submarine with unrivaled stealth and missiles that can devastate targets hundreds of miles (kilometers) away.

Iran – Iran gets the message from Washington

January 22nd, 2012

- Washington Post – According to David Ignatius, the Iran nuclear crisis is far from over, but Tehran appears to have made a subtle blink — backing away from its threat a few weeks ago to close the Strait of Hormuz in response to escalating U.S. sanctions.

Piracy – World Sea Piracy Drops in 2011

January 22nd, 2012

- AP – Sea piracy worldwide dropped slightly in 2011 for the first time in five years but Somali pirates have intensified attacks and remained the greatest threat, a global maritime watchdog said Thursday.

US Coast Guard – Icebreaker prepares to leave iced-in Alaska town

January 21st, 2012

- Associated Press – A Coast Guard cutter is preparing for the departure of a Russian fuel tanker from an iced-in Alaska town.

US Navy – USN undersecretary tightlipped on 313-ship goal

January 21st, 2012

- Jane’s – A senior official at the US Department of the Navy has painted an optimistic picture of the service’s 2022 force posture that will be focused on strategic choke points, humanitarian disaster response and the highest levels of maritime domain awareness.

Russian Navy – Wait and sea

January 20th, 2012

- The Economist – The Syrian port of Tartus is Russia’s only military base outside the old Soviet Union. Moreover, Russia is the Syrian regime’s only big-power friend. So the arrival there of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft-carrier and a few other warships earlier this month brought a warm welcome from Bashar Assad’s defence minister, General Dawood Rajiha, who praised Russia’s “honourable” support for his government.

US Navy – A Changed Way of War in Afghanistan’s Skies

January 19th, 2012

- New York Times – C.J. Chivers on the air war in Afghanistan.

Russian Navy – Bulava ICBM Completes Test Program

January 18th, 2012

- Defense Technology – The testing of Russia’s new submarine-launched R-30 Bulava ICBM (SS-NX-30) intercontinental ballistic missile has come to an end.

Indian Navy – Indian Naval Modernisation: Implications For Pakistan – Analysis

January 17th, 2012

- Eurasian Review – Pakistan’s view of India’s navy.

US Navy – US Navy Strike Group Arrives in Arabian Sea as Tensions Rise With Iran

January 16th, 2012

- Associated Press – The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group has entered the Arabian Sea and another is on its way, a Pentagon official said in a news briefing Wednesday — a shuffling of the U.S. fleet amid rising tensions with Iran.

Iranian Navy – Iran’s warning

January 15th, 2012

- Economist – Despite its sabre-rattling in the Gulf, Iran’s options are limited

Editorial Note – Discuss NOSI Stories on Facebook

January 14th, 2012

- Just a reminder that NOSI stories can be commented on and discussed on NOSI’s Facebook page for those who are interested.

Editorial Note – NOSI Archive For 2011 Now Available

January 14th, 2012

NOSI’s archive for 2011 is now available here.

US Coast Guard – U.S. ship rescues six Iranian sailors in Persian Gulf

January 13th, 2012

- Associated Press – A U.S. Coast Guard cutter rescued six Iranian mariners from a vessel in distress in the Persian Gulf, the second time in less than a week that the American military has come to the aid of Iranians at sea.

Editorial Note – 2011 World Naval Operational News Highlights

January 12th, 2012

The ten most significant naval news stories / themes this year included:

  • The withdrawal of US combat forces from Iraq. After nearly a decade and a trillion dollars later, what exactly does the US have to show for it?

  • The troop surge, and subseqent beginning of the drawdown in Afghanistan. What exactly will victory look like there?

  • The NATO combined arms operations against the Libyan goverment. Is this the new model for regime change – sea and air power with a minimal footprint on the ground? (Wait – wasn’t that how we started off in Afghanistan 10 years ago…)

  • The formal reorientation of US strategy and forces from the Middle East to the Pacific to contain China’s rise. Is AirSea Battle the correct way to address the Chinese threat?

  • The world economic crisis leading to US economic turmoil causing US budget turmoil which will result in deep defense cuts. What will these cuts do to the Navy and Marines who must recapitalize their forces whose equipment is worn out after a decade of war and who must now shift their focus from the sand to AirSea Battle?

  • The Chinese Navy continues to deploy its sensor network on land and in space for targeting for its antiship ballistic missile while the US Navy begins to devise countermeasures to it. When will we see this weapon test fired?

  • The first Chinese Navy (actually ex-Soviet Navy) aircraft carrier goes to sea, beating the Indian Navy’s (ex-Soviet Navy) aircraft carrier refurbishment project. When will the Chinese begin to conduct aircraft operations?

  • The Chinese Navy’s deployment of a ship to Libya to evacuate Chinese citizens from a war zone. Should we no long be shocked by Chinese blue-water naval operations around the world?

  • The tension around the Spratley Islands as the Chinese Navy begins to flex its muscles at sea. Will this area be a good place to base the US Navy Littoral Combat Ships and will this be their role in AirSea Battle?

  • The SEAL mission that killed Osama Bin Laden. Who would have bet 10 years ago that it would have been the SEALs who got the kill?

  • (…and yes, I’m tired of mentioning piracy again, and again, and again…so I won’t…)


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Royal Australian Navy – Australian military ‘to recruit British troops laid-off in UK cuts’

January 11th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – The Australian navy plans to recruit up to 1,000 Royal Navy sailors facing redundancy under the Government’s defence cuts.

Danish Navy – Danish navy captures pirate vessel, frees hostages

January 10th, 2012

- Reuters – A Danish navy ship seized a suspected pirate vessel off the coast of Somalia and freed 14 hostages on board.

Chinese Navy – China accused by Philippines of Spratlys intrusion

January 9th, 2012

- BBC – The Philippines has accused China of intruding into its waters around the disputed Spratly islands after three ships were spotted in December.

Royal Navy – Rocking the boat

January 9th, 2012

- The Economist – Another diplomatic victory for President Fernández of Argentina.

Royal Navy – Royal Navy sends its mightiest ship to take on the Iranian show of force in the Gulf

January 8th, 2012

- Daily Telegraph – The Royal Navy’s most formidable warship is being sent to the Gulf for its first mission as tensions rise in the strategically vital region, it can be disclosed.

US Navy – Work as Usual for U.S. Warship After Warning by Iran

January 8th, 2012

- New York Times – If Iran’s warning on Tuesday to this American aircraft carrier was intended to disrupt the ship’s routine or provoke a high-seas reaction, nothing of the sort was evident on Wednesday.

US Navy – For Iranians Waylaid by Pirates, U.S. to the Rescue

January 7th, 2012

- New York Times – A report from the indomitable CJ Chivers, who is with the USS John Stennis task force that rescued the Iranians from the Somali pirates. He reports from aboard their fishing dhow…

US Navy – U.S. rescues Iranian hostages, with good timing

January 7th, 2012

- Washington Post – In a stroke of good timing, Americans seize pirates days after Iran told U.S. to stay out.

Russian Navy – Russian nuclear submarine fire put out

January 7th, 2012

- BBC – The huge fire that engulfed the Russian Delta-IV class nuclear ballistic missle submarine Yekaterinburg, undergoing repairs in the northern Murmansk region has been put out

Chinese Navy – China Takes Aim at U.S. Naval Might

January 6th, 2012

- Wall Street Journal – The USS Gerald R. Ford was supposed to help secure another half century of American naval supremacy. The hulking aircraft carrier taking shape in a dry dock in Newport News, Va., is designed to carry a crew of 4,660 and a formidable arsenal of aircraft and weapons. But an unforeseen problem cropped up between blueprint and expected delivery in 2015: China is building a new class of ballistic missiles designed to arc through the stratosphere and explode onto the deck of a U.S. carrier, killing sailors and crippling its flight deck.

US Navy – Defying Iran, U.S. says warships will remain in Gulf

January 5th, 2012

- Associated Press – The Pentagon says U.S. warships will continue to sail in the Gulf despite a warning by Iran’s army chief on Tuesday to stay away. The warning is Tehran’s latest tough rhetoric over the strategic waterway, part of a feud with the United States over new sanctions that has sparked a jump in oil prices.

US Navy – Happy Birthday ‘Big E’

January 4th, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – It’s 50 candles for the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the first nuclear warship to engage in combat.

US Navy – Declining Capabilities and a Rising Subsurface Threat

January 3rd, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – In the face of a Western Pacific underwater-fleet buildup, the United States must exploit emerging technologies and strengthen its regional partnerships to sustain dominance ‘on a budget.’

US Navy – The False Promise of Metrics

January 2nd, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – U.S. leaders should not be reducing military power at all, much less comparing navies by weights and numbers.

US Navy – Naval Aviation’s Second Century

January 1st, 2012

- US Naval Institute Proceedings – What will naval aviation be 50 years hence? Still crucial, yet technologically far superior—as long as the public remains aware and supportive.