US Marines – The US Marines have searched a compound used by Mullah Omar.
US Navy – Aboard a US Navy P-3C keeping its eyes on possible routes of escape in the Arabian Sea.
Background – Strategy – William Arkin commenting on how the strategy followed by U.S. policymakers undermined the objective of bringing Osama bin Laden and the Taliban top leaders to justice.
Bahrain Navy – Bahrain will send a frigate to join the coalition forces in the Arabian Sea. The frigate is the Bans Sabha, an Oliver Hazard Perry class ship.
Royal Navy – An excellent overview of the choices facing the Royal Navy as it plans for its future naval aviation force.
US Navy – William Arkin on the importance of troop rotation in what will be a long war against terrorism.
US Navy – How forces and scenarios are designed to be tested in the US Navy’s annual Global War Game run at the Naval War College.
Japanese Coast Guard – The sinking of a suspected North Korean spy trawler remains controversial in Japan.
US Navy – Life aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, which just returned to port.
US Navy – The stress of life at sea for 100 days straight aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
Royal Navy – The firm which made Nelson’s signal flags at Trafalgar has just gone out of business.
Royal Marines – More of 40 Commando has arrived in Kabul.
US Navy – “Armchair generals talk tactics; real generals talk logistics???”
US Coast Guard – US Coast Guard law-enforcement detachments are now deployed on board US Navy warships, which has given the Coast Guard new powers in the war on drugs.
Royal Navy – A Royal Navy task force, including HMS Illustrious is taking holiday R+R in Kenya???
US Navy – ???Meanwhile there are reports that US Navy ships are helping to search for Al-Qaeda elements in nearby Somalia as there is continued concern Osama Bin Laden may escape Afghanistan via the sea.
Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force – The JMSDF is pursuing another unknown ship in its economic exclusion zone; meanwhile they are considering raising the unknown ship sunk the other day to learn more about it; and North Korea criticises the attack without claiming ownership of the ship.
US Navy – A description of the X-47 Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)
US Navy – An account of US Navy SEALs and the role they played reconoitering Camp Rhino in Afghanistan.
Royal Marines – The Royal Marines in Afghanistan have still not been issued with the new, reliable version of the SA80 assault rifle.
Indian Navy – The US and Indian navies have conducted unprecedented joint exercises in the areas of search and rescue and maritime surveillance.
Background – Open Source Intelligence – Just to keep in things in perspective, a list of things we do *not* know about this war???
US Navy – What the USS Kitty Hawk did during the war – served as a base for US Army and Air Force special forces and Navy SEALs. Aircraft embarked included a dozen MH-60 Blackhawk assault helicopters, a half-dozen MH-47 Chinook medium-lift transport helicopters and several MH-53 Pave Low helicopters.
Canadian Navy – Canadian CP-140 Auroras are deploying to the Arabian Sea.
Japanese Coast Guard – More on the sinking of a suspected North Korean spy ship by the Japanese, who call it an act of self defense.
Royal Navy – A ship suspected of carrying terrorist materials into the UK has been given the all clear after a thorough inspection.
Background – Smart Weapons – Decreasing the time lag between the sensor and the shooter coupled with precision-guided weapons has revolutioned the delivery of aerial ordinance.
Royal Navy – Searching of a ship suspected to contain terrorist supplies continues and will be done in exacting detail. Meanwhile, UK ports have been placed on a terrorist alert for suspect materials being shipped into the UK.
Royal Marines – Royal Marines are patrolling in Kabul.
Background – Taliban Strategy – Why the Taliban’s strategy failed against US forces.
Background – Iraq – Options being put forward for how to deal with Iraq.
Background – Afghanistan – How the al-Qaeda effectively hijacked the government of Afghanistan.
US Marines – A description of a US Marine ambush of a Taliban convoy near Kandahar. The US Marines are being used not for set piece battles, but instead as special forces.
Japanese Coast Guard – The Japanese Coast Guard has attacked and sunk a ship of unidentified nationality that was in its exclusive economic zone.
Background – Diego Garcia – Citizens of Diego Garcia have filed a class-action suit against the US Government for reparations after being forcibly removed from their home islands.
Background – Next Step Iraq? – It will be difficult to overthrow Saddam Hussein using the strategy used in Afghanistan – Special Forces and airpower coupled with locally raised armies. The reason is there is no longer any organized resistance Iraq.
Royal Marines – Royal Marines are heading up the peacekeeping force in Kabul.
Royal Navy – Anti-terrorist police are searching a cargo ship from Mauritius which they intercepted in the English Channel on Friday morning which is suspected of carrying terrorist material.
Russian Navy – A new class of Russian corvette was laid down.
US Navy – A tanker suspected by the US Navy of smuggling oil for Iraq is said to be innocent by the Iranians.
US Coast Guard – Ice breaking on the Great Lakes.
US Navy – a Pan-American naval task force has been proposed to fight drug smuggling.
US Navy – Carrier battlegroups will aim to be certified earlier in their training cycle for overseas deployments so they can be made available when needed.
Chinese Navy – Strategies for an invasion of Taiwan.
US Navy – Norman Friedman on what the US Navy can do about asymetrical warfare.
Canadian Navy – The Canadian Navy is contributing to the blockade off Pakistan that is searching for al Qaeda fighters that are attempting to flee by the sea.
US Navy – Aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, her crew is learning to become proficient with small arms.
Background – Lessons Learned – The BBC’s defense correspondent on what lessons have been learned to date in this information-centered war.
US Marines – What life is like for a new recruit at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island.
French Navy – The French military has been crippled by decreased defense spending, reorganizations, and poor administration. The most visible example of this is the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle which has been riddled with defects.
US Navy – The Area Missile Defense System has been canceled due to cost overruns.
US Navy – The US Navy will probably be moving to deployments lasting longer than 6 months during the war on terrorism.
Background – Targeting – William Arkin shows how targeting is a very complex issue, and the JAG lawyers are not solely at fault when a potentially lucrative target is passed over as being too politically risky to attack.
US Marines – The US Marines will begin to move their base from Camp Rhino to the Kandahar airport.
Indian Navy – The Indian Navy recent held joint exercises with the US Navy.
Royal Australian Navy – The Australian Navy turned back another ship carrying illegal immigrants.
Background – Strategy – William Arkin on how the strategy the US is using to hunt down the Al Qaeda leadership – leaving the fighting to Afghan proxies – may lessen the chances of actually finding those leaders.
US Navy – The USS John F Kennedy battlegroup will deploy 2 months early to the Persian Gulf; in the meantime her commander was relieved due to the ship failing an operational readiness inspection. But is he being made a scapegoat for a system that has chronically underfunded maintenance for years?
US Marines – On the ground with the Marines at Camp Rhino.
US Navy – The US Navy has several ships in the Mediterranean under surveillance that are suspected of aiding terrorist causes.
US Navy – Aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, aircrews are setting operational records.
US Marines – The US Marines have moved into the Kandahar airport.
Background – Close Air Support – Jim Dunnigan on the historical evolution of close air support, and how it has been revolutionized in Afghanistan.
US Navy – The USS Kitty Hawk battlegroup is returning to its homeport in Japan.
US Navy – The US Navy continues to actively board and search ships suspected of aiding al-Qaeda’s cause.
US Navy – Aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the amount of ordinance being delivered by aircraft is falling off. Meanwhile the Italian aircraft carrier Guiseppe Garibaldi is working up to integrate itself into the task force.
US Navy – The USS Russell rescued crewman from a B-1 bomber who had to eject from the disabled aircraft 60 miles north of Diego Garcia.
US Navy – How to do your holiday shopping from a combat zone, aboard the USS Thedore Roosevelt.
US Navy – An overview of the Maritime Prepositioning Force.
Royal Navy – Royal Navy ships have joined the patrol off Pakistan’s coast to ensure that al Qaida members do not flee Afghanistan and Pakistan by the sea.
US Marines – More on the Marine patrols around Kandahar.
US Navy – The last cruise of the Spruance-class destroyer USS Ray.
Background – Special Forces – With the US Army special forces on the ground in Afghanistan, to see how they have been functioning in this conflict.
US Marines – US Marines are patrolling the roads around Kandahar, searching for fleeing members of al-Qaida.
US Navy – An excerpt from a book by the pilot of the EP-3 downed earlier this year off China.
Background – Intelligence – A summary of the intelligence community’s contributions and successes in the war so far.
US Navy – Aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, whose pilots are now plinking caves.
US Marines – On the ground with the US Marines at and around Camp Rhino.
US Marines – Why the US Marines are the United States leaders in expeditionary warfare, and why the US Army is not.
Background – William Arkin on how destroying the cave complexes is turning out to be easier than earlier thought.
Background – Secretary of Defense Rumsfield gives his opinion of the war to date in an interview with Thomas Ricks.
US Marines – US Marines see action on the ground in Afghanistan for the first time
US Navy – Viecques may remain open as a training range indefinitely.
US Navy – China has begun harrassing US ELINT flights off China again.
Background – Afghanistan – Sir John Keegan with an analysis of the campaign so far and how far it has to go.
US Marines – With the Marines on the ground in Afghanistan.
US Navy – Aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, with her young Sailors.
Canadian Navy – HMCS Toronto deploys to NATO’s Standing Naval Force Atlantic in the Mediterranean. It replaces HMCS Halifax, which was sent to the Arabian Sea to join the fight against terrorism.
Background – Special Forces – Sir John Keegan on the historical importance of special forces.