- USNI News – The U.S. Navy will “lay up” half of the service’s fleet of Ticonderoga-class missile cruisers under the President’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. “Half of the Navy’s cruiser fleet— or 11 ships —will be ‘laid up’ and placed in reduced operating status while they are modernized, and eventually returned to service with greater capability and a longer lifespan,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon on Monday.
- National Defense – Naval aviators plan to fly the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter from an aircraft carrier at sea this fall. Pilots who have operated the aircraft say they are cautiously optimistic about its future despite a string of technical setbacks.
- USNI News – The Pentagon will cut the final number of the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) by 20 — from 52 to 32 — and shortly begin a study on a new frigate for the service, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told reporters at a Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Department budget preview on Monday afternoon.
- USNI News – China has long trained for an amphibious invasion of Taiwan during military exercises but has expanded its training to include a similar attack on Japanese holdings in the East China Sea, according the chief of intelligence of the U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLEET).
- War is Boring – Deceptive games are downright customary on British and U.S. subs.
- San Diego Union Tribune – Top Marine sounds off on women infantry, warfighter legacy, budget pain.
- San Diego Union Tribune – Faced with fewer dollars, not enough ships, and allies and enemies alike touchy about shore access, the sea services are getting creative as they craft a maritime strategy for the future.
- Aviation Week – A look at a flight aboard an MV-22 Osprey.
- War is Boring – Under the waves, the Pacific is becoming a very dangerous place—and that could be good for peace.
- War is Boring – The Navy’s new—and so far only—gun-armed, robot-hauling war boat arrived in Bahrain on Feb. 8. The 65-foot, 50-ton-displacement Coastal Command Boat is assigned to Task Group 56.7, America’s patrol force in the Persian Gulf.
- War is Boring – India’s refurbished Soviet-made aircraft carrier Vikramaditya suffered a boiler failure during her 42-day trip from Russia’s Sevmash shipyard, where she was rebuilt, to the Indian Karwar naval base on the country’s west coast starting in late November.
- Defense News – The United States will “help” the Philippines in the event that China occupies disputed islands in the South China Sea, the US Chief of Naval Operations said Thursday.
- The Diplomat – The Navy is exploring the feasibility of sub-launched hypersonic missiles for conventional prompt global strike program.
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- Washington Times – The U.S. is leading the largest multinational military exercise in the Asia-Pacific region, and Chinese media are hailing Beijing’s first-time participation in the annual drill as proof that the communist nation’s “regional military impact” cannot be ignored.
- TED – A fascinating TED talk that suggests a new way forward for open-source intelligence.
- Reuters – When Philippine President Benigno Aquino compared China to the Germany of 1938 and called for global support as his country battles Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea, he put the focus on a case that Manila has filed in an international court. The Philippines has taken its dispute with China to arbitration under the United Nations’ Convention on the Law of the Sea and its lawyers say that the tribunal has discretionary powers to allow other states to join the action. China is refusing to participate and has already warned Vietnam against joining the case being heard at the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, sources have said. Hanoi has so far kept its options open. Any final ruling by the court on the dispute, one of the most tense flashpoints in Asia, cannot be enforced but will carry considerable moral and political weight, analysts say.
- US Naval Institute Proceedings – If the United States wants to prevent China from flexing its military muscle and disrupting the status quo it should adopt and advance a subsurface strategy.
[I would say this is the most insightful essay I've read in Proceedings in a very long time. A great idea for a new grand strategy for the US in the Pacific. - Michael]
- Stratfor – Robert D. Kaplan on why anarchy is increasing in the world.
- Aviation Week – The first of four U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyers to be forward deployed as part of NATO’s ballistic missile defense of allied populations and territory arrived at Naval Station Rota in Spain on Feb. 11.