With the US Navy’s top shipbuilding priority on deck, red flags fly

Defense News – Recent delays and a shakeup in the Virginia-class buying profile, along with a high-profile quality control issue right out of the gate on the missile tubes destined for Columbia have raised red flags and concerns about the submarine building enterprise and its ability to handle the mammoth $115 billion program without delays and major overruns.

Navy Sees No Easy Answer to Balance Future Surface Fleet

USNI News – Based on the Navy’s current vision of its future fleet, the service will be too top-heavy in the coming years, having more large combatants than it says it needs and not enough small combatants. But many attractive options exist today to add lethal capabilities to these large combatants and to extend their lives, and fewer options exist to speed the growth of the small combatant fleet, leaving the Navy pondering how best to invest in its surface force.

Navy cybersecurity faulted

Washington Times – An internal Navy study has faulted the sea service’s failure to prevent the leaking of secrets and technology to foreign adversaries, including China and Russia.

Navy Betting Big on Unmanned Warships Defining Future of the Fleet

USNI News – The Navy has more questions than answers on how it will use unmanned warships in the future, but it knows now is the time to get unmanned surface vehicles into the water and start learning.

Why Taiwan Needs New Submarines to Deter China

National Interest – Even a single boat can throw an opponent’s strategy askew in modern naval warfare, as both the Argentine and British navies learned during the Falklands War of 1982. Time for Taiwan to get new submarines.

U.S. Navy hovercraft evacuated Americans from Tripoli, Libya

War Zone – As Khalifa Haftar’s militia pushes deeper into Tripoli, Americans in the capital to help the UN-backed government are being whisked to safety.

Tailoring the French Carrier Strike Group to Emerging Challenges

USNI Proceedings – The French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle returns to service this spring after a major midlife refit that has upgraded its capabilities and interoperability.

Damn The Torpedoes! Add Training Ships To The U.S. Navy’s Shopping List

Forbes – As the U.S. Navy buys more and more modern ships, it is overlooking a cheap and mundane force multiplier, the humble training fleet. With the overtasked American surface fleet desperately looking to shed duties that distract from warfighting-oriented missions, a training fleet offers an ideal solution.

Marines Accelerating F-35C Procurement to Support Carrier Deployments; F-35B Buys Would Slow

USNI News – The Marine Corps is accelerating its F-35C carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter procurement and slowing its F-35B vertical landing variant to support Navy deployment requirements.

India’s First-Ever Supercarrier Might Be Based On The UK’s Queen Elizabeth Class

War Zone – The India-specific design would need significant changes, but using a known ship as a starting place makes the offer very attractive.

Into the Unknown: A Reading List for the Knowledge Warrior

CIMSEC – A recommended reading list intended for the newly minted and the more experienced naval intelligence professional.

The US Navy, seeking savings, shakes up its plans for more lethal attack submarines

Defense News – The U.S. Navy is shaking up its plan for acquiring a new, much larger and more deadly version of its Virginia-class attack submarine it aims to start buying this year.

Guard the Coast from High-End Threats

USNI Proceedings – The risk of an unprepared Coast Guard overseeing the protection of the US maritime transportation system in the era of renewed interstate conflict can no longer be overlooked.

Army’s Multi-Domain Unit ‘A Game-Changer’ In Future War

Breaking Defense – The Army’s experimental Multi-Domain Task Force is a “game changer” that’s turned the tide in “at least 10 wargames,” the commander of US Army Pacific says. “Plans are already changing at the combatant command level because of this.” The key: the unit cracked the Anti-Access, Area Denial (A2/AD) conundrum, Russia and China’s dense layered defenses of long-range missiles, sensors, and networks to coordinate them. “Before, we couldn’t penetrate A2/AD. With it, we could,” Gen. Robert Brown said of the task force’s performance in “at least 10 exercises and wargames.”

U.S. Amphibious Assault Ship In South China Sea With Unprecedentedly Large Load of F-35Bs

War Zone – The U.S. Navy’s first-in-class amphibious assault ship USS Wasp recently arrived in the Philippines for a major annual exercise carrying a U.S. Marine Corps contingent that includes at least 10 F-35B Joint Strike Fighters. This is a larger than average number of the combat jets than Wasp-class ships normally embark, but is a force structure that the Navy and Marines are looking to standardize. It’s also one that could help lay the groundwork for a future operating concept that could turn amphibious assault ships into light carriers, as necessary.

7th Fleet Ships Conduct First High-End Advanced Training Event with SMWDC

USNI News – Naval forces forward-deployed in the Pacific took a big step in raising their warfighting proficiency, completing their first advanced training event hosted by the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC).

Navy Brings Mine Countermeasures Triad Together for Experiment Aboard British Ship

USNI News – The Navy’s mine countermeasures community brought all three legs of its triad together for a single experiment – aboard an allied ship – to see how well they could combine their gear and people to tackle a common threat.

The Chinese Navy’s Marine Corps, Part 2: Chain-of-Command Reforms and Evolving Training

CIMSEC – This is the second part of a two-part article discussing organizational reforms and evolving missions for the PLA Navy (PLAN) Marine Corps.

The Great Game Moves to Sea: Tripolar Competition in the Indian Ocean Region

War on the Rocks – Three major powers — which together account for nearly half of the global economy — are vying for influence in the Indian Ocean arena. India, China, and the United States each view the region through their own geostrategic frameworks, ensuring intense jostling at best or conflict at worst. India has the “Security and Growth for all the Region” framework, a combination of its Act (or Look) East and the Think West policies. China has the Maritime Silk Road, which is half of the Belt and Road Initiative. The United States has the Indo-Pacific Strategy (also known as the Free and Open Indo Pacific), a natural successor to the Asia-Pacific rebalance.

A U.S.-China War Scenario: How Would China’s Military Attack a “Great Wall in Reverse”?

National Interest – Peering through a glass darkly now may help the allies discern what the red team may do.

Cyber Warfare Doctrine Already Exists

USNI Proceedings – In their search for cyber warfare doctrine, practitioners and leaders need look no further than Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1, Warfighting.

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Asia Rising: Ships of State?

US Naval War College Review – The commercial-strategic linkages and state support for PRC port and shipping ventures resemble a twenty-first-century version of the Dutch East India Company. These notionally commercial enterprises operate globally with the full financial and military backing of their home state, and the vessels that connect the ports are “ships of state,” functioning as instruments of Chinese national strategy while they sail as commercial carriers.

Don’t Forget Our Allies! Interoperable Maritime Operations in a Combined Environment

CIMSEC – Despite a lengthy pedigree of combined naval operations, the U.S. Navy must continue focusing on interoperability with allies.