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Background – Strategy – John Keegan gives an insightful analysis of the war’s progress to date.

Background – Secretary of Defense – Seymour Hersch on the battle between Donald Rumsfeld and the Pentagon.

Sri Lankan Navy – Rebels attack a Sri Lankan Navy boat.

Royal Australian Navy – Australia is scaling down its prescence in the Gulf.

US Navy – In the field with the Navy’s new forward resuscitative surgical systems.

Royal Marines – With the Royal Marines participating in Operation James, outside Basra.

US Marines – With the Marines gathering outside Baghdad.

US Marines – Marine Corps gears up for 21st-century special operations missions.

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Background – Strategy – William Arkin critiques the war to date.

Background – Strategy – James Dunnigan on what lessons from history are influencing Saddam’s strategy.

Background – Wargames – Austin Bay estimates the war will last 5-6 weeks, based on wargame simulations.

US Marines – The Marines get to put into practice the theory of the “Three Block War.”

Royal Marines – In the HQ of 3 Commando Brigade during Operation James in the city of Basra.

NAVINT – Antony Preston’s naval news from the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, France, Italy, and Romania.

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Background – Strategy – James Webb gives a reality check. War *is* hell.

Background – Shock and Awe – More on the theory of shock and awe.

Background – Strategy – Thomas Ricks reviews the war’s progress to date.

US Navy – The US suspends some cruise missile firing, in search of a cause of weapon malfunctions.

US Navy – Aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.

US Navy – Aboard the USS Constellation.

Royal Marines – In the field with 42 Commando.

US Marines – With the Marines outside Nasiriya.

US Marines – Inside the Marines’ war room in Iraq.

History – When the US Navy first went wireless – 100 years ago.

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Background – Covert Operations – A summary of US covert operations currently underway against Iraq.

Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force – Japan expands its refueling of coalition ships in the Gulf.

US Navy – The USS Nassau and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are redeploying from the Horn of Africa to Iraq.

Royal Navy – RFA Sir Galahad finally docks at Umn Qasr.

US Navy – Aboard the high speed catamaran HSV-X1 Joint Venture in the Gulf which has become a seaborne forward operating base for Navy special operations forces.

US Navy – With pilots aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.

US Marines – The Marines morale is not all it could be???

US Marines – ???and here is why???

US Marines – A look at the friendly fire incident between two Marine units.

US Marines – A look at what the Marines’ snipers are doing.

US Navy – Congress tries to pass a bill to establish a 375 ship fleet.

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Background – Iraq – James Dunnigan gives the top 10 myths about the war.

Background – Strategy – John Keegan analyses what the next steps may be.

Background – Strategy – Ahmed Rashid compares and contrasts the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Background – Strategy – Thomas Friedman on what the US must do to declare victory in Iraq.

US Marines – With the Marines in a firefight where close air support saves the day.

US Marines – The problems facing convoys trying to resupply Marines on the front line.

Royal Navy – RFA Sir Galahad’s humanitarian aid is being held up by mines in Umn Qasr.

US Navy – How the US Navy is trying to open up shipping lanes off of Iraq.

US Navy – The effect of the sandstorms on ships in the Gulf.

US Navy – The effect of the sandstorms on air operations in the Gulf.

US Navy – Aboard the guided missile cruiser Cape St. George, the problems of deploying ahead of schedule.

US Navy – Aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort.

US Navy – The USS Carl Vinson shows the flag off of Korea.

US Navy – Further demonstrations of the maritime capabilities of the Global Hawk UAV are planned.

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Background – Strategy – Thomas Ricks on the war plan to date.

Background – Strategy – John Keegan on the effects that strict rules of engagement are having on coalition forces.

Background – Strategy – Ralph Peters on why the US military culture is superior to the Iraqi military culture.

Background – Strategy – Ralph Peters on why there will not be a bloodbath in Baghdad.

Background – Strategy – ???but Mark Bowden disagrees.

Background – Special Forces – James F. Dunnigan on one potential use for special forces.

Royal Navy – Life aboard HMS Ark Royal in the Gulf.

US Navy – The effect the weather has had on carrier operations.

US Marines – With the Marines in An Nasiriyah.

Chinese Navy – The importance of submarines to China’s maritime strategy.

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Background – Strategy – An excellent analysis by Ralph Peters on the US war plan to date.

Background – Strategy – Ralph Peters on the importance of infantry in war.

US Navy – The US is using dolphins for mine sweeping around Umm Qasr.

US Navy – The Navy is using its new Super Hornets as air refueling tankers.

US Navy – With the pilots aboard the USS Harry S. Truman.

US Marines – With the Marines of Task Force Tarawa outside Nasiriyah.

US Navy – The Combat Direction Systems Activity in Dam Neck, Va., is a key enabler for operational superiority and warfighter readiness.

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Background – Strategy – John Keegan analyses coalition progress to date.

Background – Strategy – Thomas Ricks analyses coalition progress to date.

Background – Airpower – James Dunnigan on how the JDAM GPS-guided bomb may fare poorly as a weapon in support of street fighting.

Background – Fedayeen paramilitaries – A clear explanation of the situation on the ground in Southern Iraq that I have yet to see on TV – a look at how Saddam’s Fedayeen paramilitaries are the main threat to coalition ground forces.

Royal Marines – Life with the Royal Marines in the field.

US Navy – Aboard the USS Harry S. Truman.

US Marines – With the Marines in Task Force Tarawa.

US Coast Guard – Patrolling US ports from the sky with Coast Guard aviators.

Background – War on Terror- An analysis of using terrorism as a way to wage war against the US.

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Analysis – A few thoughts of my own.

The non-story so far is that Israel has not been attacked by SCUDs fired from Iraq, thus keeping Israel out of the war. This means the special forces are being very successful in western Iraq.

The worst story so far is Turkey not letting the 4th Infantry Division in to open the Northern Front. US troops need to be inserted as a buffer between the Turks and the Kurds and the northern oil fields near Kirkuk need to be taken.

The biggest question so far is where are the 101st Airborne and the 82nd Airborne divisions? My guess is that some of these units are being sent to the north of Iraq to open the Northern Front. Quite possibly some of them may be inserted behind the Republican Guard troops outside Baghdad to surround them completely. We should learn the position of these units soon.

Now back to the news???

Background – Strategy – Thomas Ricks critiques the war plan so far.

Background – Strategy – William Arkin comments on the war plan.

US Navy – How the Navy is trying to capture oral histories of participants in the war.

US Marines – Inside the Marine Combat Operations Center.

US Marines – The logistic challenges facing the Marines.

US Navy – A combat mission over Iraq with pilots from the USS Abraham Lincoln.

US Marines – With the Marines of Task Force Tarawa.

Indonesian Navy – Indonesia is building a new naval base in western Paupua.

US Coast Guard – Modernization of the Coast Guardís C4ISR systems is a critical element of the Deepwater acquisition strategy.

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Background – Strategy – Edward Luttwak reviews the war plan so far.

Background – Information Warfare – James Dunnigan on how the US is conducting information warfare against Iraq.

Background – History – A review of the earlier British invasion of Iraq.

US Navy – How the Navy has prevented the Iraqi’s from mining Umn Qasr.

US Navy – With the pilots aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.

US Navy – Aboard the USS Harry S. Truman.

US Marines – The importance of amphibious ready groups in the post-Vietnam era, and what it bodes for the future.

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BBC – What interests me most, coverage-wise, are the front-line reports from correspondents. Here are the combined Weblogs of the BBC’s front-line correspondents. I am checking this several times a day???

Background – Shock and Awe – Where the term comes from???

Background – Strategy – Thomas Ricks reviews the battle plan.

Background – Strategy – John Keegan reviews the battle plan.

Background – Strategy – Ralph Peters on the challenges facing Iraq’s generals; and how the decapitation strike against Saddam portends a revolution in how wars are to be conducted.

Background – Diplomacy – Ralph Peters on how this war will help change diplomacy in the future.

Background – Information War – How the US is waging its information war.

Background – Information War – James Dunnigan on how Saddam is waging his information war.

Royal Australian Navy – Australia discovers mines before they are laid by Iraq in the Gulf.

US Navy – Aboard the USS Harry S. Truman.

US Navy – The Navy is playing a key role in the airwar through its Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Royal Marines and US Marines – The battle for the port of Umm Qasr.

Royal Marines and US Marines – The battle for the oil fields in Southern Iraq.

US Marines – Marine Corps Enterprise Network provides secure and reliable computer communications for Corps units at home and overseas.

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And it’s go, go, go, go, go!

I plan to continue to update, once a day, slightly after midnight Greenwich Mean Time.

I’ve just seen incredible live video on CNN of the US Army 7th Cavalry racing towards Baghdad.

US Navy – Although it is unclear whether he is dead, it appears that the decapitation attack against Saddam has been effective in that he does not appear to be in control of his military.

Background – Strategy – Thomas Ricks on how we are seeing “Shock and Pause” rather than “Shock and Awe.”

Royal Marines – The Royal Marines have staged an amphibious assault outside Basra.

US Marines – Along with the US Army, US Marine units have crossed the border into Iraq in a dash towards Basra.

US Navy – Aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.

US Navy – Aboard the USS Harry S. Truman.

US Marines – With the Force Recon Marines.

US Marines – ???meanwhile Marines are exercising in Korea.

NAVINT – Antony Preston’s naval news from the Greek, Indian, Latvian and South African navies

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???And away we go???

US Navy – The US commences hostilities against Iraq with a decapitation attack against Saddam Hussein in the early morning hours in Iraq. No sign yet of the “shock and awe” though???

Kuwaiti Navy – Have the first shots at sea been fired?

Iraqi Navy – Is Iraq seeding the upper Gulf with mines?

Canadian Navy – Canada will maintain its naval forces in the Gulf, but will not take part in the war on Iraq.

US Navy – Aboard the submarine USS Providence in the Gulf.

US Marines – Training with the Marines in the desert.

US Navy – Aboard the USS Harry S. Truman.

US Navy – Aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

US Navy – Aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.

US Marines – The importance of the digital battlefield to the Marines

Background – Europe – Al Nofi on what the new Europe may look like.

Background – Poor Bloody Infantry – John Keegan on how soldiers mentally get through war.

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Royal Navy – A look at the Royal Navy’s assets in the Gulf.

Royal Navy – Aboard RFA Argus, which is serving as a hospital ship for the British.

US Navy – This will be the F-14’s last war.

US Marines – NCOs are the heart of the Marines.

Background – Iraq – Thomas Ricks on why this needs to be a short war.

Background – Iraq – John Keegan on why Saddam has no where to run.

Background – Air Defenses – William Arkin analyses Iraq’s air defense system.

Background – North Korea – James Dunnigan gives an excellent review of North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile program.

US Navy – Naval news from around the fleet.

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US Marines – An unusual combination – corpsman and sniper.

US Navy – How simulators allow aircraft missions to be precisely practiced beforehand.

US Navy – With the Tomahawk shooters aboard the USS San Jacinto.

US Marines – A look at the Marine’s light armored vehicles (LAVs).

US Marines – Why the Marines take public relations seriously.

Background – Phillipines – James F. Dunnigan gives an overview of the terrorism problems in the Phillipines.

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US Marines and Royal Marines – The general consensus in the press is that the war will begin later this week. Here is the latest as the troops head towards their start lines.

US Marines – A look at the Marines’ amphibious assault vehicle.

NATO – NATO is patroling the Strait of Gibraltar very carefully.

Russian Navy – Russia wishes to send a task force to the Gulf.

Background – Shock and Awe – How the British see the attack evolving.

Background – Shock and Awe – ???but William Arkin wonders how it can go wrong???

US Navy – Defense news from around the fleet.

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US Navy – More ships pass through the Suez Canal.

US Navy – Life for women aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.

US Navy – Food is important for morale???

US Marines – ???as is mail.

Background – Iraq – Rick Atkinson and Thomas Ricks review the current war plan and point out where its weak points are.

Background – Iraq – Is America at a historical turning point, like 1898 or 1948?

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Guyanaese Navy – Guyana and Suriname are having a border dispute.

US Marines – A little R and R in Kuwait.

US Navy – The USS Radford will become a testbed for DDX technology.

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Royal Australian Navy – A review of Australian forces in the Gulf.

US Navy – With the bomb builders aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.

US Marines – Sandstorms are a major occupational hazard in the Gulf.

US Navy – Escorts from the USS Harry S. Truman and USS Abraham Lincoln battlegroups move from the Med to the Red Sea.

Royal Navy – Aboard HMS Ark Royal.

Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force – Japan deploys an Aegis destroyer to the Sea of Japan in advance of expected North Korean missile tests.

Background – Foreign Relations – Historian Simon Schama on why no one ever likes the U.S.

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US Navy – The USS Harry S. Truman and USS Theodore Roosevelt may move from the Med to the Gulf if Turkey does not grant overflight rights.

Background – Turkey – James Dunnigan’s analysis of why the Turks won’t let US troops in.