US Navy – With the Seabees in Iraq.
US Navy – Is the US considering a naval blockade of North Korea?
Background – Air War – A review of the air war.
Background – Transformation – William Arkin on why the US military should rest on its laurels for a while and not worry about the future so much.
Nigerian Navy – Nigeria’s navy will attempt to end a hostage situation on several oil rigs.
Royal Marines – A Special Boat Squadron patrol that went wrong in Iraq???
US Navy – The USS Abraham Lincoln battlegroup is almost home.
US Navy – The Truman and Roosevelt battlegroups prepare to return home.
US Coast Guard – Patroling off of Iraq with the Coast Guard.
Background – Iraqi Army – Why the Iraqi Army performed so poorly.
Background – Imperialism – Niall Ferguson on why Americans don’t really have what it takes to rule the world.
Background – Information Warfare – A look at how Naval Academy midshipmen are wargaming information warfare.
Royal Marines – 3 Commando Brigade is heading home.
Canadian Navy – Canada needs to secure the sovereignty of the Northwest Passage.
US Navy – The USS Harry S Truman battlegroup will head home soon.
NOSI will take a brief break until next Wednesday. Here is some weekend reading, in advance:
Background – Naval History – Maritime and naval history serve the needs of several ìaudiencesî in and around the Navy. However, the serviceís approach to naval history is ìdisjointed, sporadic, [and] inconsistent.î Despite various initiatives and widespread interest, the Navy lacks an integrated policy for employing naval history, and high-level interest will be required to make history the valuable resource it could and should be.
Malaysian Navy – A new training ship will be build by the Malaysian Navy.
US Navy – Aboard the USNS Comfort.
US Marines – Tales from an embedded reporter with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines.
US Marines – Downtime is bad time for these Marines.
US Marines – To get to Baghdad, the marines of the Third Battalion fought the old-fashioned way ó by shooting as many of the enemy as they could. Their victims weren’t all soldiers.
Background – Strategy – Ralph Peters reviews what were the key decisions made in the war by the U.S.
Taiwanese Navy – Taiwan still can’t decide if it wants to buy the Kidd-class destroyers from the US.
US Coast Guard – Coast Guard members on board the USS Chinook have located
and secured a cache of Iraqi military equipment and weapons hidden in
coastal caves in southern Iraq.
US Coast Guard – They live a weird, watery, Mad Max kind of life, the
39 U.S. Coast Guard reservists who have landed the unlikely job of guarding
the Mina al Bakr oil rig 13 miles off the coast of Iraq. Commandeered by
Navy SEALs on March 19, the nearly milelong rig-a ramshackle, rusty
contraption overrun with cockroaches and connected to Iraq’s southern oil
fields by underwater pipeline-was Iraq’s only legal export point for oil
before the war.
Background – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – The pilotless planes that hovered over Baghdad are the cusp of a technological revolution that could change the way wars are fought ó with fewer soldiers and smarter machines. But within the military itself, the idea persists that all wars eventually have to be won on the ground, with blood and guts.
Royal Australian Navy – HMAS Stuart helps Australia defends its borders against drug smugglers.
US Navy – What the Seabees are doing in Iraq.
Background – Air War – How the US continues to close the sensor – shooter loop.
Background – Middle East Bases – The US is starting reconsider where its bases should be in the Middle East. A financial drain and Arab sensibilities are driving military cuts in the Middle East.
Background – Iraq – Ralph Peters asks why shouldn’t Iraq be broken up?
Royal New Zealand Navy – On antiterrorism patrol in the Gulf.
US Navy – The US may keep the aircraft carrier USS Constellation in commission, rathering than retiring it.
Royal Navy – The Royal Navy’s nuclear attack submarines will be trimmed according to a new defense white paper.
Background – Transformation – Thomas Ricks says the Secretary of Defense, emboldened by the swift US victory in Iraq, is ready to try to transform the military – again.
History – A history of the end of the last Royal Yacht, HMS Britannia.
History – A review of Operational El Dorado Canyon against Libya in 1986.
Indian Navy – India launches its first stealth warship.
US Navy – The USS Constellation and USS Kitty Hawk battlegroups leave the Gulf and sail for home.
US Marines – Marines begin exercising in the Phillipines.
Background – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – How UAVs have been used in Iraq.
Background – Yemen and Eritrea – Robert Kaplan travels to Yemen and Eritrea, and finds that the war on terrorism is forcing U.S. involvement with the one country’s tribal turbulence and the other’s obsessive fear of chaos.
Royal Navy – The submarine HMS Turbulent returns home.
US Navy – Navy pilots complain that tanking from US Air Force tankers was not always conveniently available for them over Iraq.
US Marines – With the Force Recon Marines.
US Marines – 3 occupation zones are set up in Iraq, the Marines will take the south.
Background – Strategy – John Keegan takes a look at military rivalries and the differences and similarities between US and British forces.
With the fall of Tikrit, we now return you to our regularly scheduled programming???
US Navy – The first submarines return from off of Iraq.
US Navy – A new design for a naval unmanned aerial vehicle.
US Marines – Tikrit falls to the Marines, the Pentagon says the war is essentially over.
Background – Iraq – A look at how Baghdad’s collapase looked from inside Baghdad.
Indian Navy – India sets an ambitious exercise schedule for the next few months.
US Navy – More about the status of US aircraft carriers in the Gulf.
US Marines – The Marines are battling for Tikrit???
US Marines – ???as others try to keep the peace.
US Coast Guard – Some analysts have suggested that the increasingly
overburdened Coast Guard needs to hand off certain nonsecurity functions,
but the service’s chief officer said Tuesday that would be a mistake.
US Coast Guard – In some ways, what the crew members of the U.S.
Coast Guard cutter Wrangell have been doing in the Persian Gulf is similar
to the work they do at home in Maine.
Background – Strategy – Thomas Ricks and Rick Atkinson review the war to date.
Background – Strategy – Colonel John Boyd’s influence on the US war plan.
Background – Strategy – How the victory over Iraq empowers the transformation lobby.
Background – Civilian Casualties – William Arkin on how the US should handle the issue of civilian casualties.
Royal Navy – The English are sending most of their naval task force in the Gulf home or to the Far East; HMS Ocean will remain on station in the Gulf.
US Marines – Some Marines head toward Tikrit???
US Marines – ???while other Marines transition to peacekeeping.
US Navy – The US prepares to rotate aircraft carriers back home.
Canadian Navy – Some of the anti-terrorism task force in the Gulf may be redeployed to the Horn of Africa.
US Navy – The Chinese continue to harass EP-3 flights off of China.
Background – Strategy – John Keegan asks – why did the analysts so misanalyze this war?
Background – Strategy – Max Hasting analyses the (lack of) Iraqi strategy.
Background – Axis of Evil – Who will be next on the American’s list?
Royal Navy – While RFA Sir Galahad and RFA Sir Percivale have delivered humanitarian supplies to Umn Qasr, the port is still considered too dangerous for civilian ships.
US Navy – The life and responsibilities of a plane captain on an aircraft carrier.
Royal Marines – With the Royal Marines in Basra.
US Marines – With the Marines in Baghdad.
US Marines – With the Marines of Task Force Tarawa far south of Baghdad.
Background – Strategy – A nice look at the different ways to seize a city – the U.S. way and the U.K. way.
???NOSI is taking a short break, and will next be updated on Sunday. See you then!
US Marines – With Task Force Tarawa south of Baghdad.
US Marines – With the Marines outside Baghdad.
Background – Strategy – John Keegan criticises Saddam’s strategy, and describes what it should have been.
US Navy – A more detailed look at how the Navy is using dolphins to clear mines at Umn Qasr.
US Navy – Because so many amphibious ready groups and carrier battlegroups are currently forward deployed, those that deploy to relieve them will be at sea a long time to get deployment schedules back on track. Also the Navy is thinking of retaining the USS Constellation once the USS Ronal Reagan is commissioned, giving the US 13 aircraft carriers.
Background – Air War – William Arkin criticises the air war to date.
Background – Air War – Another analysis of how successful the air war has been to date.
Background – Air War – How the air war is being conducted over Baghdad.
Background – Strategy – Thomas Ricks on how the type of war being waged is changing.
US Marines – With the 7th Marine Regiment outside Baghdad.
US Marines – With Task Force Tarawa, covering the lines of supply.
US Marines – The Marines engage in a tense firefight on the edge of Baghdad.
US Navy – How the Navy attempts to prevent fraternization at sea.
Background – War Plan – Ralph Peters critiques the Secretary of Defense’s original war plan.
Background – Iraq – James F. Dunnigan lays down a scenario for how civil war may develop in Iraq in the coming days and weeks.
Background – Iraq – Ralph Peters nicely documents Saddam’s record of atrocities against his own people.
Background – Iraq – When did Bush decide that he had to fight Saddam?
US Marines – The Commander of the 1st Marine Regiment has been relieved of his command.
US Marines – The Marines are establishing an innovative medivac system.
US Marines – With the Marines outside Baghdad.
Royal Marines – Royal Marines are patroling the waterways of southern Iraq.
US Navy – Aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort.
US Navy – Aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.