Background – Terrorism at Sea – A more indepth look at the potential for a terrorist act in the Straits of Malacca.
US Marines – An interview with the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Background – Lessons Learned on Occupation – U.S. troops on conquered territory, infrastructure in ruins, international squabbling over reconstruction: a window onto occupied Germany seven months after V-E Day, when progress was still unsteady and Europe’s future hung in the balance.
Chinese Navy – More details of the Chinese – Indian exercises this week.
Background – Iraq – Ralph Peters analyzes the situation in Iraq.
Background – Air Power – For three months, it was all the rage. Then its popularity faded fast.
Background – Piracy – A look at how deadly links between pirates and terrorists could be in the Straits of Malacca.
US Navy – A profound change is occurring in the way the Navy will acquire computer combat systems. In the past, vessels and aircraft were equipped separately with computers designed to perform specific functions, working together ad hoc when required. But as the Navy now wants seamless, networked cooperation among its warships, airplanes, aircraft carriers, and submarines, a new paradigm is required in computer combat systems.
US Navy – More on the Sea Power 21 vision???
Background – Iraq – John Keegan analyzes the situation in Iraq???
Background – Iraq – ???while Thomas Ricks asks if Saddam’s plan for the war is finally becoming clear???
Sea Power International – The latest naval news from the Spanish, Turkish, UK, Danish, Indonesian, Singaporean, Indian, and South African navies.
Asian Navies – Navies in Asia are expected to double their spending on shipbuilding in the next few years. As the European naval market dries up, the Asian market is expanding???
Taiwanese Navy – Taiwan says the US submarine being offered to it are too expensive.
US Marines – Young Marines went off to war straight from entry-level training and performed superbly, validating the Corps’ quality efforts in making Marines who can win America’s battles.
Indian Navy – India again successfully tests the Brahmos cruise missile.
US Navy – An advanced version of the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM), armed with seven warheads rather than one, is under development to improve the Navy’s land attack capability.
Background – Iraq – Two interesting analysis pieces, one of which is by William Lind, stating the tide is turning against Coalitiion forces in Iraq.
Background – Foreign Policy – Ralph Peters argues that the 21st century will not be “The Pacific Century”, but instead “The Atlantic Century.”
Canadian Navy – The destroyer HMCS Huron is formally mothballed.
Background – War Correspondents – What is it like to be a war correspondent? Veteran war correspondent Peter Maass gives us some idea, and gives us the background to his excellent story ‘Good Kills’ from earlier this year about his journey with the US Marines in Iraq.
Background – Electromagnetic Pulse Weapons – An overview of the allure and danger of electromagnetic pulse weapons.
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Indian Navy – India and China will hold their first joint naval exercise.
US Marines – The Marines are headed back to Iraq for occupation duties.
US Navy – The USS Nimitz battlegroup returns home.
Background – War Studies Courses – More courses from the US Naval War College.
Royal Marines – The SBS continue to mount special operations inside Iraq.
Background – War Studies Courses – Over the last two weeks, as I have been putting together the Reading List / Curriculum page, I have realized that taken in whole, this reading list may serve as a basic introduction to, and curriculum in, war studies that may be used to give context to current and future naval operations. Therefore I thought I would provide some pointers to formal courses in War Studies.
Background – US Army – The After Action Report of the US Army’s Third Infantry Division from Operation Iraqi Freedom. Reality is separated from fantasy, and important lessons learned are well documented.
Nigerian Navy – Nigeria arrests more oil pirates.
Background – Operations Other Than War – How the Bush administration’s prewar planners bungled postwar Iraq. A tragic case study of how not to conduct an operation other than war.
Royal Australian Navy – The United States is negotiating a new defence treaty covering the use of the high-tech North West Cape naval communications base in Western Australia to maintain contact with its submarines operating in the region, using very low frequency radio.
Royal Navy – The British continue to hunt drug smugglers in the Caribbean.
Background – US Navy Intelligence Operations – A course designed to provide the minimum essential information for drilling Naval Reserve Intelligence Professionals prior to performing an annual training period at sea. The course gives a good introduction to the type of intelligence processing systems likely to be encountered aboard ship. Highly recommended.
Chinese Navy – China pays a port call to Guam.
Canadian Navy – Aboard HMCS Calgary, patroling in the Persian Gulf.
US Navy – The US is grounding EA-6B Prowlers due to wing wear, pending their repair.
Background – Iraq – Thomas Friedman and Ralph Peters opine as to what the US has at stake in Iraq and why the US must succeed. The Atlantic opines that Thomas Friedman’s view of the Middle East is all wrong. Who is right? Time will tell???
Background – Diplomacy – Niall Ferguson asks “What is Power?” – that is, which global players have power todayóand which are likely to acquire it in the coming decades?
Indian Navy – India’s SU-30MKI aircraft are being adapted for a maritime role.
US Navy – A US ship will make a port call visit to Vietnam, for the first time since the end of the Vietnam War.
Background – Bases – In the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, Russia has set up a military base – its first on foreign soil since the USSR imploded. The Kant airbase is also close to a US airbase established two years ago. How do the two co-exist?
Taiwanese Navy – Taiwan does not appear to be seriously interested in upgrading its defenses, much to the dismay of the U.S.
Background – Iraq – James F. Dunnigan analyses the evolving civil war in Iraq between the Sunnis and everyone else.
US Marines – The combat development process has undergone many changes in order to be more responsive to the needs of the Marine Corps and its Operating Forces.
Background – Airpower – Mark Bowden, author of “Black Hawk Down,” goes inside the cockpit with members of the 391st Fighter Squadron, veterans of the recent air war in Afghanistan. An excellent illustration of what war in the air is like today???