War Studies Primer

We invite you to try War Studies Primer – an introductory course on the study of war and military history. Its purpose is to provide an introduction to the study of war.

War Studies Primer is presented as a lecture curriculum at the university level. It is a free, non-credit, self-study course that consists of 28 topics and over 1,900 slides and is updated on a yearly basis.

Look at slides 2 and 3 in the War Studies Primer for its Table of Contents, and then choose a lecture to read and enjoy.

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A Chinese OPV for the Algerian Navy

Mena Defense – The delivery of this Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), which will be larger and better armed than the Type 056 corvettes, will be made in 2022 according to Lloyd’s Register.

(Thanks to Alain)

The Cultural Differences Between Serving On America’s Three Types Of Nuclear Submarines

War Zone – A veteran submariner explains how the experience of serving aboard a U.S. Navy submarine varies greatly based on the sub’s mission set.

Airlifters Packed With Paratroopers Just Practiced A Sudden Long-Range Invasion Of Guam

War Zone – The operation saw Air Force C-17s laden with airborne troops fly thousands of miles across the Pacific to raid Andersen AFB.

Bring Back the Seaplane

War on the Rocks – As the National Defense Strategy demands, the Marine Corps is currently demonstrating, and the new Air Force chief of staff has discussed, the challenges posed by an increasingly capable Chinese military demand innovation and disruptive thinking in the Pentagon. Innovation requires strategists to consider all options on the table. Moreover, it requires all options to be placed on the table in the first place. One option noticeably absent from most debates on future operations in the Pacific Ocean is the seaplane.

NATO Anti-Submarine Exercise Dynamic Mongoose Kicks Off With U.S. Destroyer, SSN

USNI News – An advanced U.S. attack submarine and guided-missile destroyer are among the forces participating in the NATO anti-submarine warfare exercise Dynamic Mongoose 2020, which kicked off this week off Iceland.

China Threatens In Paracels; Three US Carrier Groups Sail The Philippine Sea

Breaking Defense – The Chinese government warned ships away from the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea today as the PLA Navy prepares to conduct four days of military exercises there, making the announcement one day after the US Navy sent two aircraft carriers into the Philippine Sea, and regional governments criticized Beijing’s island grab.

Mysterious Wave Glider Spotted Off Florida Keys Had Electronic Intel Gathering System

War Zone – The craft could be part of one of a number of programs aimed at providing persistent maritime surveillance coverage for the U.S. Navy.

Chinese Navy Submarines Could Become A Reality In Indian Ocean

Forbes – The Chinese Navy is rapidly pursuing global capabilities. A key area of future operations may be the Indian Ocean. Chinese submarines in particular could have a strategic impact if they were roaming those waters.

No Time for Victory

USNI Proceedings – For many senior Navy leaders, the crush of their daily routines leaves them struggling to find time for deliberate thought and strategic decision-making. This was not always the case.

Foggo: Changing Conditions Require New Arctic Strategy, International Code of Conduct

USNI News – The head of U.S. naval forces in Europe would like to see more coordination and more dialogue in the Arctic, where military and commercial traffic are increasing, and so is the risk of miscalculations.

Japan Officially Ends Aegis Ashore Plans After National Security Council Deliberations

USNI News – Japan has formally ended its plans to procure two Aegis Ashore missile defense sites, citing concerns that the booster on the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor missile couldn’t be guaranteed to land on military property instead of nearby civilian communities.

Could the U.S. Navy Replace Ships Fast Enough in a War with China?

National Interest – The United States could lose a Western Pacific naval war because Communist China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) can regenerate combat power more readily than the U.S. sea services can. Or, more precisely, China’s sprawling industrial base could replace hardware lost in action faster than could U.S. industry.

Here’s why Britain is struggling to form a fully effective carrier strike group

Defense News – Britain’s Royal Navy took delivery of two new aircraft carriers, but a government report on the ships achieving operational capability has laid bare some obstacles toward making a fully effective carrier strike group.

Nice New Patrol Ship You’ve Got There, Canada—It’d Be A Shame If Somebody Sank It

Forbes – The Canadian navy is about to get its first new large warship in two decades. But HMCS Harry DeWolf, the first of up to eight Arctic Offshore Patrol Vessels, is all but unarmed. Her only organic weapon is a 25-millimeter cannon on her forward deck.

Warning over plans for new Royal Navy aircraft carriers

BBC – Ambitious plans for the Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers – each of which cost more than £3bn – will not be met without proper funding, the government spending watchdog has said. The National Audit Office highlighted concerns over missing key elements such as aircraft and support ships.

The 100-Ship Navy

War on the Rocks – Naval officers pray at the altar of “more ships.” We demand more of them, fantasize about new ways to use them, and assume that the fleet will only grow. In the navalist faith, the post-Cold War period — which saw the fleet fall to an all-time low of 279 ships in 2007 — was an aberration, but happily the “return to great-power rivalry” has obliterated such shortsightedness.

Congress aims to strip funding for the US Navy’s next-gen large surface combatant

Defense News – The U.S. Navy’s interminable quest to design and field a next-generation large surface combatant is going back to the drawing board once again, a victim of the Pentagon’s disorganization around this year’s long-range shipbuilding plan, according to documents and a source familiar with the situation.

Pentagon Leaders Have Taken Lead in Crafting Future Fleet from Navy

USNI News – The Navy has lost much of its power on deciding what its future fleet will look like, with a Pentagon-led effort set to produce secretary of defense directives to the service by the end of the summer on what the fleet’s future plans should include.

Thinking Effectively First

CIMSEC – Captain Wayne Hughes, USN, who would have turned 90-years-old this spring, left us a huge legacy on which to build and from which to learn regarding the intellectual content of naval research, our approaches to instruction, and how we organize our naval PME institutions.

China releases report on US military presence in Asia-Pacific, warns of increased conflict risk

Global Times – China is set to release its 2020 research report on the US military presence in the Asia-Pacific region amid the US’ recent increased military activities near China, including repeated trespassing into China’s territorial waters in the South China Sea by warships this year. The possibility of a conflict could substantially increase, which must be managed and prevented, the report says.

The report can be read here: The US Military Presence in the Asia-Pacific 2020, the English version begins on page 99.

China vs. America: A Submarine Showdown in the South China Sea?

National Interest – The United States has been continuing Chinese sub-hunting patrols with its Poseidon P-8 surveillance plane in the South China Sea area.