How Does the Next Great Power Conflict Play Out? Lessons From a Wargame

War on the Rocks – The United States can win World War III, but it’s going to be ugly and it better end quick, or everyone starts looking for the nuclear trigger. That is the verdict of a Marine Corps War College wargame I organized that allowed students to fight a multiple great state conflict last week.

Why Does China Suddenly Want Nuclear Icebreakers?

National Interest – Beijing wants to join the race for Arctic resources and trade routes.

Could The U.S. Navy’s War Plan Orange (For Fighting Japan) Be Used Against China?

National Interest – Dust it off and put it to use? One of the world’s great naval minds has some ideas.

The First Submarine of Indonesian Construction Has Been Launched

AST Center – The Indonesian state shipyard PT PAL in Surabaya, after repeated postponements, held the launching of the first built in Indonesia diesel-electric submarine Alugoro. (In Russian)

(Thanks to Alain!)

The Navy’s Last Active Duty P-3C Orion Squadron Is On Its Final Deployment

War Zone – Nearly six decades after the first Orions entered service, the Navy is getting close to retiring the P-3C from active duty for good.

China to show new warships as Beijing flexes military muscle on navy anniversary

Reuters – China will show off new warships including nuclear submarines and destroyers at a parade next week marking 70 years since its navy’s founding, a senior commander said on Saturday, as Beijing flexes its increasingly well-equipped military muscle.

China militarizing deep sea

Washington Times – Space and cyberspace are not the sole domains for China’s growing asymmetric warfare programs. The Chinese military has another development program only recently disclosed that is part of the decadeslong buildup of weapons and forces: deep sea.

The U.S. Navy’s P-8 Poseidon Patrol Plane Has a Neat Feature: Tracking Land Targets

National Interest – The APS-154 transforms the P-8 into a surface-surveillance platform similar to the U.S. Air Force’s E-8 radar plane.

U.S. Advance and Russia’s Deep Concerns: The Operations Center in Ochakiv

USNI Blog – Russia has been carefully observing the activities of the U.S and British navies in the Black Sea region. It protested through diplomatic channels that the main thrust of Sea Breeze 2018, a Black Sea exercise with Ukraine, was anti-Russian. And according to the Russian Institute of Strategic Research, it was not a coincidence when after Sea Breeze 2017, the United States revealed plans to build a maritime operations center in Ochakiv, a small city located between Crimea and Odessa at the mouth of the Dnieper River.

U.K. Developing its Own Extra Large UUV for Royal Navy

USNI News – Britain’s Ministry of Defence is exploring options for the development of an Extra Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (XLUUV) to conduct covert missions at distances of up to ranges 3,000 nautical miles for three months at a time for the Royal Navy.

China’s Arctic Policy and its Potential Impact on Canada’s Arctic Security

CIMSEC – China’s Arctic policy has to be examined in the context of its domestic politics and its geopolitical and geostrategic concerns.

Navies, companies push for torpedo-killing torpedoes

Defense News – Naval forces worldwide are pushing the idea of anti-torpedo torpedoes, with varying success, aiming to translate the promises of missile defense technology into undersea warfare.

Adapting Command and Control for 21st Century Seapower

CIMSEC – As the United States winds down from two regional land conflicts that have dominated the 21st century, great power competition with China and Russia rightly dominates defense planning and operations. Consequently, American seapower must once again evolve to meet the challenges of sustaining America’s prosperity and security in a multi-polar world. No element of modern seapower is more worthy of evolution than the operational relationship between the Navy and Marine Corps, and this essay asserts that the 21st century approach to command and control (C2) of these forces must embrace the integrated approach offered by the Joint functional commander concept and its maritime instantiation, the Joint Forces Maritime Component Commander (JFMCC).

F-35B Allowed Essex ARG to Flex New Blue-Water Capabilities in Absence of Carrier Nearby

USNI News – The F-35B Joint Strike Fighter is not only changing the way Marine forces conduct their missions, it is also changing the way the amphibious navy can do its work in the absence of an aircraft carrier.

232 Unmanned Ships May Be Key To Countering China, Russia

Breaking Defense – The Navy is scrambling to write its new acquisition and operational playbook on the fly, a decision based as much on what US rivals are doing as it is on what the service hasn’t done in recent decades. The construction and innovation booms being undertaken by the Chinese — and to a lesser extent Russian — navies, are forcing the admirals at the Pentagon to push new, still mostly theoretical, unmanned technologies into the water as quickly as possible for urgent make-or-break tests.

Navy Investing in Researching Next-Generation Missiles, Enhancing Current Ones

USNI News – The Navy has a new Offensive Missile Strategy that replaces an older and narrower plan and tackles offensive lethality in a three-pronged fashion: sustaining current systems, enhancing current systems and developing next-generation weapons to address future threats.

The Navy’s Newest Nemesis: Hypersonic Weapons

CIMSEC – In January 2019, Chinese Communist Party leaders announced that the newest iteration of their DF-17 missile system was being designed to overwhelm and sink U.S. aircraft carriers and surface combatants stationed in the West Pacific. According to official statements from the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF), a targeted salvo of eight hypersonic glide vehicles (HGVs) set aloft by DF-17s would swamp a surface vessel’s close-in point defenses and annihilate it through incredible transfers of kinetic energy.

Here’s Everything We Know About The Ongoing Search For Japan’s Crashed F-35

War Zone – The search and rescue effort continues for the F-35 and its pilot with a Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force submarine rescue vessel joining the effort.

Small States Need Balanced Navies

USNI Proceedings – Small states can use creative solutions to overcome manpower and resource challenges and build navies for coastal defense.

Russia’s Dangerous Undersea Games

National Interest – In the early 1980s, a series of dangerous naval maneuvers on both sides brought the superpowers to the brink of nuclear catastrophe. Here we go again.

USS Fitzgerald CO, Junior Officer Receive Formal Censure Ahead of Dismissal of Negligence Charges

USNI News – Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer has issued formal letters of censure to the former commander and tactical action officer of USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) for their roles in the June 17, 2017, collision between a destroyer and a merchant ship.

U.S. Navy Looking To Arm Its Subs With Tiny Torpedoes That Intercept Incoming Torpedoes

War Zone – The compact weapons could give subs substantially greater magazine depth, a hard-kill anti-torpedo countermeasure, and more.

F-35C Readiness Rises, Navy Fighter Shortfall Fades

Breaking Defense – Naval aviation is on the mend as readiness rises and fleet age falls.

U.S. Navy Not Changing Rules of Engagement with Iran’s IRGC Navy

USNI News – The Navy isn’t anticipating changes in how it deals with the naval branch of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as it operates in the Persian Gulf. The rules of engagement haven’t changed following the White House’s designation this week of the IRGC as a terrorist organization.

China’s Next Naval Target Is the Internet’s Underwater Cables

Bloomberg – Worried about Huawei’s 5G? Wait till it gets into the game for 95 percent of all data and voice traffic.