Breaking Defense – The new document, the first update since 1997, says Russia’s failure to establish competent logistics have been a “major factor” to why it has failed to achieve its objectives in Ukraine.
Author Archives: Naval Open Source Intelligence (NOSI)
New Zealand To Field Mark 54 Torpedoes Aboard P-8A Poseidon
Naval News – New Zealand’s second P-8A Poseidon arrived home on March 20th. Meanwhile the New Zealand Ministry of Defence confirmed MK 54 Torpedoes are included in the P-8A Poseidon purchase.
Marines ask for amphibious warship in unfunded priorities list
Defense News – The U.S. Marine Corps is asking lawmakers to compel the Navy to keep building amphibious warships, as the sea service wants to truncate San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock production and take a “strategic pause” to reconsider future amphib ships.
Canadian government noncommittal on new submarines as allies push forward with nuclear fleet plans
National Post – Military commanders and experts say subs are critical to defending Canada, including in the Arctic, as Russia and China build up their own underwater fleets.
(Thanks to Alain)
Why the US Navy’s budget plan creates uncertainty for shipbuilders
Defense News – Dualities are emerging in the U.S. Navy’s shipbuilding plans, leaving industry to wonder what to make of the sea service’s near-term spending plans.
Netherlands Will Hand Over MCM Vessels To Ukraine
Naval News – During a visit to Odessa and Mykolajiv, Dutch Defense Minister Kaisa Ollongren announced that the Netherlands will donate Alkmaar-class mine countermeasure vessels to Ukraine.
Joint Concept For Competing: The Best Way For The Pentagon To ‘Compete’ With China?
1945 – Last month the Joint Chiefs of Staff published a directive entitled Joint Concept for Competing, aimed at defining strategic competition and explaining how the U.S. armed forces will go about it. But because the concept’s framers define it as “adversary agnostic,” it’s hard to judge how commanders and their political masters will put it into effect at particular places and times.
For the Sake of Ceremony: Should the US Navy Continue Its Airborne Forward Air Controller Program?
War on the Rocks – The current trajectory of the forward air control program indicates declining relevance due to neglect, changing operational paradigms, and preservation for the sake of tradition. Naval aviation’s commitment to this mission and alignment with previous tenets are atrophying, and the program’s future is at a crossroads.
Fighting DMO, Part 5: Missile Salvo Patterns and Maximizing Volume of Fire
CIMSEC – There is more to the lethality of a volume of fire than sheer numbers. Missile salvos can take on different patterns, both in how the missiles are arranged within a single salvo, and how multiple salvos can be arranged together into a combined volume of fire. These patterns reflect how the aspects of concentration and distribution apply to the weapons themselves, and how these configurations apply within salvos and between salvos. Different patterns will affect how a volume of fire takes shape and can multiply the threat it poses. Commanders and autonomous missiles can leverage these patterns to increase tactical advantage by changing how salvos are maneuvered throughout key elements of the fight. These patterns have considerable tactical implications for defending against missiles and maximizing offensive volume of fire.
The tiny Philippine island on the frontline of the US-China battle for supremacy
The Guardian – Years ago, Fuga Island was set to host a Chinese ‘smart city’. Now it may become home to American troops as the US seeks to protect Taiwan and the region.
Marine littoral regiment fends off traditional regiment in exercise
Marine Corps Times – The 3rd Marine Littoral Regiment — the first unit of its kind — isn’t set to reach initial operational capability until the fall. But a recent exercise, in which the 3rd MLR helped prevent a more traditional force from claiming terrain, demonstrated that it’s already an effective unit.
Marines accelerate Force Design transformation in FY24 budget request
Defense News – The U.S. Marine Corps is asking for money in fiscal 2024 to speed up its forcewide modernization effort as it tries to rapidly field new weapons, sensors and data processors.
First wave of tech to defend Guam from newer threats due in 2024
Defense News – The first wave of defenses designed to counter complex missile threats against Guam will include radars, launchers, interceptors, and a command-and-control system, and they’ll be place on the island next year, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency director said this week.
Navy will extend service life of destroyer Arleigh Burke
Defense News – After decades of service, the guided-missile destroyer Arleigh Burke — the first of its class — appeared likely ready to retire. Commissioned in 1991, the warship may have in recent years started mapping out its shadowbox for when its reaches the end of its expected 35-year service life, in fiscal 2026. But Big Navy has other plans. Naval Surface Force Atlantic announced this week that the Arleigh Burke will continue plying the seas through fiscal 2031, when the ship will be 40 years old.
Naval chief says rising cost spurred amphib production pause
Defense News – The U.S. Navy says the rising cost of the San Antonio-class amphibious warship program is justifying the service’s decision to indefinitely pause the program.
China expected to prepare for AUKUS nuclear submarine program with underwater buildups
Global Times – US, allies build up underwater encirclement against China, ramping up tensions.
The Navy Isn’t Too Woke – It is America
CIMSEC – In the 1970s and early 1980s, it was not uncommon to find critics on the left disparaging military servicemembers in terms that cast them as immoral and bloodthirsty agents of the American war machine. These attacks were unjustified and well beyond reasonable debate about the size and shape of, or even the need for, the armed forces. They fed a distorted narrative about American military life that deterred many young people from even considering service. Critics on the right who claim without evidence that the military is now corrupted by wokeness are committing the same sin. In fact, the military is full of smart, dedicated, and tough men and women. The true corruptors are those who refuse to rise above partisan politics to serve the nation and a greater cause.
How the US plans to expand its submarine industrial base for AUKUS
Defense News – Defense officials are optimistic that billions of dollars of investments in the U.S. submarine industrial base will increase capacity to and even above the required two-a-year attack sub construction rate, allowing the U.S. to build for Australia under a new international agreement without restricting the American fleet.
Creating a Sea Change: TF 76/3, Adaptation, Experimentation, and the Joint Force
Modern War Institute – In the Indo-Pacific, the naval services are turning strategic planning guidance into operational reality. Two commands, Expeditionary Strike Group Seven and the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, recently embarked on an eighteen-month period of experimentation and naval power revitalization, creating Task Force 76/3 (TF 76/3). The implication of the new command extends beyond the Indo-Pacific region and naval services. TF 76/3 offers a template for the joint force to address issues of force design, interoperability, littoral warfare, and maritime campaign planning.
Israel’s elite navy commanders on their trials and tribulations
Jerusalem Post – Commanders of Israel’s elite submarine unit speak to the “Post” about the challenges they have faced in their training.
(Thanks to Alain)
Look To Korea To See How China Might Fight In The Pacific Today
1945 – James Holmes writes that the Korean War could furnish future combatants clues as to how the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) may wage war in maritime Asia.
Military refuses to board the “NRP Mondego” for security reasons
JN – More than a dozen soldiers of the ship “NRP Mondego”, which is in Madeira, refused on Saturday to embark to fulfill a mission, invoking a lack of security conditions. (In Portugese)
(Thanks to Alain)
Gaining the Operational Intelligence Advantage Through Data Literacy
CIMSEC – Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. Navy has greatly expanded its data-technology and collection capacity to meet analytical needs, creating a challenging paradigm: a data glut and an information deficit. Data literacy is key to reducing the disparity.
New floating base of the IRGC Navy and a new air defense boat
Live Journal – The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Naval Forces officially incorporated the new Shahid Mahdavi floating base, created by rebuilding a civilian ship, in this case the former container ship Sarvin with a deadweight of over 41,000 tons. (In Russian)
(Thanks to Alain)
The looming threat of deep-sea mining
BBC – A new international treaty aims to support protection of the high seas – what will this mean for deep-sea mining?
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