- 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.
- USNI News – USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) is scheduled to depart for a Middle East and Mediterranean deployment on Saturday as the centerpiece of Carrier Strike Group 2.
- Aviation Week – As anyone who follows the Littoral Combat Ship is quite aware by now, the Pentagon Director of Operational Testing and Evaluation (DOT&E) has once again taken the LCS program to task for problems with both the ships and the mission module packages as well as the related equipment.
- The Diplomat – ASEAN countries are looking to bolster their submarine fleets, but this is not an arms race.
- USNI News – Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) Bataan left Naval Station Norfolk, Va. for an eight month deployment on Saturday.
- The Diplomat – A lot of Chinese hardware could challenge US primacy in the Pacific. Carriers are not among them.
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- USNI News – The U.S. Navy is in the process of switching out a number of warships forward deployed to Japan with newer vessels.
- War is Boring – The U.S. Navy is quietly converting a 633-foot-long cargo ship into a secretive helicopter carrier with facilities for supporting a large contingent of Special Operations Forces and all their gear, including jet skis.
- Iranian Navy – Iranian warships ‘to sail close to US maritime border’ – Iranian warships in the Atlantic Ocean are to sail close to US maritime borders for the first time, a senior naval commander has said.