War Zone – The U.S. Coast Guard’s only operational heavy icebreaker might not have a replacement by the time it needs to retire, even after a major overhaul.
CIMSEC – FICINT short story.
War Zone – A new joint war plan is coming together and it envisages an expanded role for the South Korean military in the Asia Pacific region.
Navy Lookout – During trials off Plymouth in mid-October, BAE Systems’ autonomous RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) was successfully controlled from the operations room of HMS Argyll. Here we look in detail at the development of this system.
Breaking Defense – Upgrading the P-8’s offensive capabilities could add confusion to any Chinese planning, but the Pentagon has struggled to integrate LRASM onto other aircraft.
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Morroco World News – Bilateral military cooperation between the two countries has been growing lately.
(Thanks to Alain)
USNI News – The Republic of Korea Navy is no longer solely focused on the threat from its northern neighbor, but is embarking on an expansion to build a fully-fledged blue water fleet.
Breaking Defense – The Marine Corps today published a new warfighting concept, dubbed “Stand-In Forces,” describing the need for small, “lethal” forces that can also work at levels below combat to counter what’s often referred to as “gray zone” aggression from rivals like China.
USNI News – Tensions between Washington and Moscow are rising with a marked increase in competition in the undersea domain, as Russia continues to invest in a fleet of specialized submarines.
USNI News – The Department of Defense on Monday announced the completion of its Global Posture Review, which offers few changes in force lay down and includes a series of previously announced troop movements.
USNI Proceedings – To execute flexible deterrence and limited war, options must range from diplomacy to military power—necessitating command of the seas.
USNI Proceedings – Marines can be part of the solution to countering China’s antiaccess/area-denial strategy.
Barents Observer – Both the “Arktika” and “Sibir” have been on sea trials in the Gulf of Finland this week, while construction work on the “Ural”, “Yakutia” and “Chukotka” continue according to schedule.
AFP – A Danish naval patrol killed four pirates in an exchange of fire in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria
Naval News – The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in collaboration with Lockheed Martin are developing the OpFires mobile medium-range hypersonic missile assembly to fit on the back of an U.S. Army’s Palletized Load System (PLS) 5-axle 10×10 truck. OpFires will provide the U.S. Army with a highly mobile vehicle for firing hypersonic missiles that is independent of the tractor and trailer combination for the longer-range (strategic) hypersonic missiles. The U.S. Marines may also be interested in OpFires as they use the similar Logistic Vehicle Replacement System (LVSR) 10×10 truck.
Navy Times – The push for joint warfare spurs more Air Force focus on anti-ship tactics, weapons.
La Patrie News – As part of military cooperation between Algeria and Pakistan, the frigate “Almagir-260” of the Pakistani fleet anchored yesterday at the port of Algiers.
(Thanks to Alain)