US Marines – A look at how the 9th Engineer Support Battalion provided support to Operation Enduring Freedom on Basilan Island, Republic of the Philippines.
Background – War Gaming – An overview of how the US Department of Defense develops wargames for troop training.
Canadian Navy – The Canadian military has signed a $4.1-million deal to create a deep-sea “tripwire” system to catch smugglers, terrorists or others trying to approach Canada’s coasts illegally.
US Navy – The future of nanotechnology in the Navy.
Background – Transformation – James F. Dunnigan describes, in his own words, what is transformation.
Indian Navy – An analysis of the Indian Navy in 2003.
Background – Iraq – John Keegan comments on Saddam’s capture.
Background – Third Infantry Division After Action Report – Here is an HTML version of the 3rd ID AAR. I had posted a PDF version earlier.
Background – Operation Telic Lessons Learned – The UK’s lessons learned, from the recent war in Iraq.
US Marines – More on what 1 MEF will attempt to accomplish in Iraq.
US Navy – The Navy leadership is rebuilding its fleets following the experience of Operation Iraqi Freedom, but don’t expect Adm. Vern Clark, chief of naval operations, or Navy Secretary Gordon R. England to call for more ships or more money before they decide on the shape the reconstituted force ought to take. The Navy has stopped arguing for “presence” and “numbers” in favor of “presence with a purpose,” and a fleet that is measured in terms of its capability rather than hulls.
Background – Fourth Generation War – More from William Lind on how to fight it.
Algerian Navy – Algeria and Italy are exercising together.
US Navy – Another UHF Follow-on communications satellite is to be launched, to be used by the Navy for tactical communications.
Background – Iraq – Seymour Hersh reports the US is setting up a new counter insurgency unit to fight the Iraqi guerrillas. The unit is being influenced by US experiences in Vietnam and Israeli experiences battling the Intifada.
Background – Global Operations – Examining trends in the global security environment and the ways in which the U.S. military has organized to deal with past challenges provides the foundation for understanding the implications for America’s armed forces today, as we transform our military into one that is ready to provide effective missile defense, information operations, space operations, and other capabilities that do not respect our traditional regional boundaries.
US Marines – A look at the peacekeeping strategies and tactics to be used by the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force when they return to Iraq in the spring, and how they differ from what the US Army is doing currently.
Royal Navy – You’ve read the analyses over the last 2 days, now read the primary source material yourself.
Background – Russia – Russia’s experiment with parliamentary democracy, never full-hearted, is more or less dead. The country’s wellbeing now depends more than ever on one man.
Background – History – A review of the Marine’s role in The Boxer Rebellion in China.
Indian Navy – Israel volunteers to help India build a nuclear powered submarine.
Royal Navy – An indepth look at the Defence White paper published today.
US Navy – Another look at how the US Navy is using US ranges to replace Vieques.
US Navy – The latest sea based anti-ballistic missile test is a success.
Background – Fourth Generation Warfare – William Lind provides some initial thoughts on how to fight Fourth Generation foes.
Russian Navy – Russia’s nuclear-armed Northern Fleet is falling to pieces – quite literally – as scavengers plunder its ships of precious metal components.
Pakistani Navy – Pakistan Navy is commissioning the first indigenously built Agosta 90B submarine PNS/M SAAD on Friday.
Royal Navy – More analysis of the upcoming Defence White Paper.
US Navy – Another test of the sea-based ballistic missile system is about to take place.
Background – Deep Diving Vehicles – In 3 years, US scientists will be able to explore the deepest parts of the world’s oceans, up to seven miles below the surface, with a novel underwater vehicle capable of performing multiple tasks in extreme conditions.
Background – Pakistan – Pakistan is?????? A) a terrorist spawning ground; B) the next Islamic theocracy; C) a volatile nuclear power; D) a crucial American ally; E) all of the above. A journey through a state of disequilibrium.
German Navy – A German task force is being withdrawn from terrorism patrol in the Strait of Gibraltar because it has little to do.
US Marines – With the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit about the USS Peleliu, off of the Horn of Africa.
Royal Navy – A preview of the upcoming Defence White Paper, which will call for more expeditionary forces.
Royal Navy – HMS Glasgow is exercising off of Africa.
Background – Iraq – An interesting look at the divide that exists between the units in the field and the rear echelon troops in Iraq. The article opines that the Coalition Provisional Authority is essentially useless???
Background – Iraq – A closer look at the intelligence controversy in the UK regarding Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction.
French Navy – James F. Dunnigan reviews the operational problems of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.
Background – Weapons of Mass Destruction – A previously unthought of form of WMD: a dirty radiological bomb mounted on top of a weather rocket that has a range of several miles. Where can you buy this? In the tiny sepratist enclave of Transdniester which broke off from Moldova.
Background – Missile Defense – A balanced look at the state of the US anti-ballistic missile system, and the Navy’s role in it.
Background – Defense Spending – A fascinating review of the sordid truth about defense spending in America, that is brought to light by an interview with retired Pentagon crusader, Chuck Spinney. Spinney states that the increase in defense spending since 9/11 is doing nothing to address the threats the US faces from its new terrorist enemies.
Background – History – The role the US Marines played on the Western Front in World War I.
Background – Fighting Sail – If you wish to have a feel of how naval warfare was conducted in the age of sail, I strongly recommend you see the current film adapation of Patrick O’Brian’s books on the big screen, entitled Master and Commander. This is the most realistic depiction of what life and combat was like on an 18th century warship that you will ever see. Here are some links to provide background on the film and the author???
US Navy – A new set of naval ocean surveillance satellites is launched.
Background – Iraq – Michael Gordon surveys an expert on what went wrong with the post-war planning in Iraq.
US Navy – A look at some of the jobs performed by submarines in the war against Iraq.
Royal Navy – Will there be a fleet review in honour of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar?
Canadian Navy – Canada’s Atlantic Fleet will be without its supply ship for 10 months while she is overhauled.
Canadian Navy – Canada intends to maintain surveillance of its coasts with a new land-based over the horizon radar system called the High-Frequency Surface Wave Radar Network.
Bruneian Navy – Singapore and Brunei are exercising – via computer.
Royal Australian Navy – the ANZAC frigates are to be upgraded with an anti-missile system.
Background – Iraq – More pessimistic analysis from William Lind and others on the progress of the guerilla war in Iraq. They believe the US will be unable to triumph in a 4th Generation War.
Royal Navy – Will the UK and France share aircraft carriers?
Military Sealift Command – Cargo ships chartered by the U.S. military to carry supplies and equipment to American forces worldwide are vulnerable to terrorist attacks while visiting ports.
Background – History – A history of the Springfield rifle used by the US Marines.
Background – History – An overview of the history of US Naval aviation.
Indian Navy – A question and answer sesssion with the Chief of the Indian Navy.
US Marines – A look at the Marine’s upcoming Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle.
Taiwanese Navy – A look at the French “frigates to Taiwan” scandal.
Background – Airpower – Powered flight was born exactly one hundred years ago. It changed everything, of course-but most of all, it changed how we wage war – an interview with historian Walter Boyne.
US Navy – The first Expeditionary Strike Group, with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is pioneering new tactics that call for closer integration of Marine and Navy forces.
Background – China – The recent crisis over North Korea’s nuclear weapons has had at least one unexpected aspect: the crucial — and highly effective — intervention of Beijing. China’s steady diplomacy is a sign of how much things have changed in the country, which has long avoided most international affairs. Recently, China has begun to embrace regional and global institutions it once shunned and take on the responsibilities that come with great-power status. Just what the results of Beijing’s new sophistication will be remains to be seen; but Asia, and the world, will never be the same.
Myanmarese Navy – Myanmar agressively defends its territorial waters.
Nigerian Navy – Nigeria is exercising to defend its oil facilities.
US Navy – How will the US increase its forces on Guam?
US Marines – Troubled by lack of progress on preventing friendly fire deaths, Marine commanders seek technology to end friendly-fire deaths
Background – Third Infantry Division’s After Action Report – A nice summary of the 3rd ID’s lessons learned from Operation Iraqi Freedom.