NOSI is taking a short break and will next update on January 4th, 2016

NOSI is taking a short break and will next update on January 4th, 2016

During this time, please consider visiting our related site and downloading the War Studies Primer for an introductory course on the study of war.

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.

2014 World Naval Operational News Highlights

The ten most significant naval news stories / trends / themes this year included:

  • The successful operations of the Russian Navy in neutralizing the Ukrainian Navy during the seizure of the Crimea by Russia, leading to a near permanent presence of NATO warships on patrol in the Black Sea. Can Russia financially afford to hold on to its new acquisition in the long term?

  • The aggressive operations of the Russian Navy around the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Australia. How long will these countries allow their borders to be harassed in this manner?

  • The successful humanitarian operation carried out in support of the Ebola crisis in West Africa by the Royal Navy, US Marine Corps and US Army. Where will the next humanitarian crisis be?

  • The attempted hijacking of a Pakistan Navy frigate by Al Qaeda. What will Al Qaeda’s next naval adventure be?

  • The first operational deployment of a laser weapon at sea on the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf. How will this weapon work under combat conditions?

  • The US Marine Corps new and innovative Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Forces for African Command based in Spain and for Central Command based in Kuwait. These company-sized units show the Marines at their expeditionary best. For what geographic region will the next one be created?

  • The continued rise of the Chinese Navy and the growing threat it poses to the global commons in its “near seas” coupled with the growing belligerence of China toward Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam this year. How long will the rest of the world allow the “salami-slicing” in the South China Sea to continue?

  • The deployment by China of a SOSUS-like underwater sonar network in the South China Sea. Will this begin to neutralize the US Navy’s most potent weapon against the Chinese Navy?

  • The inability of the US Navy to design and construct well armed ships that work well (see LCS and San Antonio LPD) and to base new ship designs on problematic older ones (see LCS follow-on frigate and LX(R)). Why does the US Navy continually reward ship builders that produce substandard products with new contracts.

  • The inability of the US Navy to agree on a specification for its new UCLASS unmanned aerial vehicle. If your Chief of Naval Operations forbids the public naming of the country you are most likely to fight, is it more difficult to design a weapon to fight against them?

Statistics

In 2014, NOSI linked to 599 news stories.

In 2014, 295 of these stories (49%) were related to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, or U.S. Military Sealift Command.

In 2014, 51 of these stories (9%) were background stories.

The remaining 253 news stories (42%) covered the operational activities of 29 nation’s navies, coast guards, and marine corps:

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, North Korea, Norway, Pakistan, Phillipines, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Vietnam

In 2014, 141,935 pages read (page hits) from 120,602 users (visitors). There were 84 email subscribers. There were 70,614 post views (impressions) and 39,264 unique users (reach) and 824 fans (members) on the NOSI Facebook page. There were 9,700 impressions and 118 followers on Twitter.

Editorial Note – P-8 Poseidon God of the Sea

Visit our maritime patrol aircraft blog, P-8 Poseidon God of the Sea, for updates on the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

Editorial Note – Ways to follow NOSI

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Miscellaneous – 2013 World Naval Operational News Highlights

The ten most significant naval news stories / trends / themes this year included:

  • The ratcheting up of Chinese rhetoric and actions regarding territorial claims in the South China Sea, including the heating up of the Chinese / Japanese dispute over the Diaoyu / Senkaku islands, the declaration of a Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone over them, and the harassment of the USS Cowpens while it was steaming near the Chinese aircraft Liaoning while it was on exercises. At what point will the Chinese actions provoke a shooting incident with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force?

  • The Russian Navy’s symbolic, tactical, and strategic support for the Assad regime in Syria. Is the Russian Navy the most influential fleet in the Mediterranean Sea today?

  • The successful humanitarian operation carried out by the Royal Navy, US Navy Marine Corps, and Chinese Navy in the Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan. When and where will the next one be?

  • The use of French naval and marine forces in support of Operation Serval in Mali. How long will the French military be involved in this conflict?

  • The renewing of Russia’s seaborne nuclear deterrent with the entry into service of the first Borei-class SSBN. Is the Bulava SLBM now felt to work reliably, given its checkered testing program?

  • The Indian Navy’s commissioning (finally!) nearly 10 years after purchase of INS Vikramaditya, the former Soviet Kiev-class aircraft carrier Baku. When will India’s indigenously produced Vikrant-class carriers come into service?

  • The effect of sequestration on the US Navy’s maintenance and procurement programs and especially operations, with the cancelation of the USS Harry S. Truman’s deployment to the Persian Gulf 2 days before sailing. Is the greatest threat to the US Navy a combination of the US economy and the US Congress?

  • The successful launch and landing of the X-47B UAV from the USS George H.W. Bush. Exactly what form will its operational counterpart take and when will it enter service?

  • The US Marine Corps reboot in the direction of its amphibious roots. Is their expeditionary (but not amphibious) nature going to be seriously challenged by the US Army in the Pacific?

  • The Philippines resorting to lawfare to protect its territorial claims in the South China Sea. Do they have a chance at the United Nations?

Statistics

In 2013, there were news stories linked to on 365 / 365 days – that is on 100% of the days.

In 2013, NOSI linked to 428 news stories.

In 2013, 197 of these stories (46%) were related to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, or U.S. Military Sealift Command.

In 2013, 69 of these stories (16%) were background stories.

The remaining 162 news stories (38%) covered the operational activities of 21 nation’s navies, coast guards, and marine corps:

Angola, Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Phillipines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Vietnam

In 2013, 144,030 pages read (page hits) from 114,938 users (visitors). There were 11 email subscribers. There were 135,467 post views (impressions) and 68,907 unique users (reach) and 665 fans (members) on the NOSI Facebook page.

Editorial Note – NOSI Archive for 2012 Now Available

The archive for all of 2012 is now available at 2012 Archive

Editorial Note – 2012 World Naval Operational News Highlights

2012

World Naval Operational News Highlights

The ten most significant naval news stories / themes this year included:

  • The drawdown of troops from Afghanistan. What exactly was accomplished by the surge?

  • The continued tensions over Iran’s nuclear program and the US Navy presence in the Persian Gulf. What will Israel do?

  • The increasing Chinese sabre rattling and belligerency over the Spratley Islands with the Philippines and the Senkaku Islands with Japan. Will this lead to open conflict? Will it lead to stronger alliances with the US?

  • The first flight operations on the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning. When will we see it go on an operational cruise?

  • The possibility of Scotland declaring independence. If this happens – thus depriving the Royal Navy’s ballistic missile submarines of their home port – will this effectively lead to the nuclear disarmament of the United Kingdom?

  • The decrease in the size of the US fleet coupled with no change in operational commitments leading to decreasing morale and increasing deferred maintainence. How long until the force becomes hollow?

  • The quiet continued development of Unmanned Maritime Vehicles (UMVs) / Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) / Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs). When will we see them reach operational use?

  • The US Navy’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle program continues to move forward at a glacial pace. When will we see this program get off the ground?

  • The continuing soap operatic saga of the Littoral Combat Ship. How can a program so old still be adrift in so many ways?

  • The decreasing rate of piracy world-wide. How can we still not know what to do with captured pirates?

Statistics
In 2012, there were news stories linked to on 364 / 365 days – that is on 99% of the days.

In 2012, NOSI linked to 400 news stories.

In 2012, 170 of these stories (43%) were related to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, or U.S. Military Sealift Command.

In 2012, 83 of these stories (21%) were background stories.

The remaining 145 news stories (36%) covered the operational activities of 19 nation’s navies, coast guards, and marine corps:

Australia, China, Denmark, France, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Phillipines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Vietnam

In 2012, 146,514 pages read (page hits) from 103,142 users (visitors). There were 280 followers of the RSS feed. There were 29,536 unique users (reach) and 389 fans (members) on the NOSI Facebook page.


Editorial Note – New Appearance for NOSI

Some time recently, NOSI’s WordPress Web hosting software was compromised with some malware. Thanks to Fred for bringing it to my attention! NOSI’s content was transferred last week by my hosting service to a new clean version of the WordPress Web hosting software. As part of that NOSI got a new template, so I will thank you in advance for your patience while I come to grips with it…

Editorial – War Studies Primer 2012 Now Available

We invite you to try the newly updated War Studies Primer 2012 (http://www.warstudiesprimer.org) – an introductory course on the study of war and military history. Its purpose is to provide an introduction, or primer, 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 lectures and over 1,500 slides and is updated on a yearly basis.

The War Studies Primer 2012 edition has over 100 new slides. This new version has also been extensively revised, based on my experience teaching the course as a First Year Seminar to an excellent class of University of Iowa freshman in the Fall Semester of 2011.

You may get started by looking at slides 2 and 3 in the War Studies Primer for its Table of Contents, and then choose a lecture to read and enjoy.

Discussion regarding War Studies Primer may be found on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/warstudiesprimer – become a Fan and join in!

Editorial Note – Discuss NOSI Stories on Facebook

– Just a reminder that NOSI stories can be commented on and discussed on NOSI’s Facebook page for those who are interested.

Editorial Note – NOSI Archive For 2011 Now Available

NOSI’s archive for 2011 is now available here.

Editorial Note – 2011 World Naval Operational News Highlights

The ten most significant naval news stories / themes this year included:

  • The withdrawal of US combat forces from Iraq. After nearly a decade and a trillion dollars later, what exactly does the US have to show for it?

  • The troop surge, and subseqent beginning of the drawdown in Afghanistan. What exactly will victory look like there?

  • The NATO combined arms operations against the Libyan goverment. Is this the new model for regime change – sea and air power with a minimal footprint on the ground? (Wait – wasn’t that how we started off in Afghanistan 10 years ago…)

  • The formal reorientation of US strategy and forces from the Middle East to the Pacific to contain China’s rise. Is AirSea Battle the correct way to address the Chinese threat?

  • The world economic crisis leading to US economic turmoil causing US budget turmoil which will result in deep defense cuts. What will these cuts do to the Navy and Marines who must recapitalize their forces whose equipment is worn out after a decade of war and who must now shift their focus from the sand to AirSea Battle?

  • The Chinese Navy continues to deploy its sensor network on land and in space for targeting for its antiship ballistic missile while the US Navy begins to devise countermeasures to it. When will we see this weapon test fired?

  • The first Chinese Navy (actually ex-Soviet Navy) aircraft carrier goes to sea, beating the Indian Navy’s (ex-Soviet Navy) aircraft carrier refurbishment project. When will the Chinese begin to conduct aircraft operations?

  • The Chinese Navy’s deployment of a ship to Libya to evacuate Chinese citizens from a war zone. Should we no long be shocked by Chinese blue-water naval operations around the world?

  • The tension around the Spratley Islands as the Chinese Navy begins to flex its muscles at sea. Will this area be a good place to base the US Navy Littoral Combat Ships and will this be their role in AirSea Battle?

  • The SEAL mission that killed Osama Bin Laden. Who would have bet 10 years ago that it would have been the SEALs who got the kill?

  • (…and yes, I’m tired of mentioning piracy again, and again, and again…so I won’t…)

Statistics
In 2011, there were news stories linked to on 323 / 365 days – that is on 88% of the days.

In 2011, NOSI linked to 341 news stories.

In 2011, 118 of these stories (35%) were related to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, or U.S. Military Sealift Command.

In 2011, 90 of these stories (26%) were background stories.

The remaining 133 news stories (39%) covered the operational activities of 24 nation’s navies, coast guards, and marine corps:

Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Phillipines, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, and Vietnam

In 2011, 168,013 pages of information were read on NOSI by 120,000 users. There were 76,299 post views (impressions) and 239 fans (members) on the NOSI Facebook page.

Editorial Note – War Studies Primer

– We invite you to try the newly updated War Studies Primer (http://www.warstudiesprimer.org) – an introductory course on the study of war and military history. Its purpose is to provide an introduction, or primer, 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 lectures and over 1,400 slides and is updated on a yearly basis.

You may get started by looking at slides 2 and 3 in the War Studies Primer for its Table of Contents, and then choose a lecture to read and enjoy.

Discussion regarding War Studies Primer may be found on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/warstudiesprimer – become a Fan and join in!

Editorial Note – Facebook Page for NOSI

NOSI now has a Facebook page, which will contain copies of the posts on this site. The big difference is that on Facebook, you will be able to comment on each post if you wish. Feel free to join (or Like) the page and let me know what you think: NOSI Facebook Page.

Also, please note to accommodate this new feature, I have tweaked the template for each post slightly. Starting today, to read the article described in the post, you may click on either the title of the article in the title of the post, or you may click on the name of the source of the article.

Editorial Note – NOSI on Break

NOSI is taking a summer break and will next update on August 2nd. See you then!

Editorial Note – Naval Year In Review 2009

2009

World Naval Operational News Highlights

The ten most significant naval news stories / themes this year included:

  • The ever-increasing piracy off of Somalia and the expanding, expensive and ultimately ineffectual response to it by the world’s navies. When will some country pass a law against piracy and start prosecuting and jailing these pirates?

  • The continued ascent of the Chinese Navy, with its near-official declaration of its desire for an aircraft carrier during its 60th anniversary celebrations and with even more clues emerging as to how its anti-ship ballistic missile capability will work. When will the entire system be tested?

  • The continued descent of the Russian Navy, with the future credibility of its ballistic missile submarine deterrent force in question as the Bulava missile fails test after test and as the Russian fleet turns to France as a supplier of amphibious assault ships. Will the Russians have to out source all their naval procurement in the future?

  • India’s continuing pursuit of a modernized aircraft carrier force with the keel laying of its first indigenously built carrier. Will it be commissioned before the refurbished carrier Admiral Gorshkov is delivered to India from Russia?

  • The continuing evisceration of the Royal Navy due to retargeting of funds to fight the war in Afghanistan. Will the two new carriers be completed before the funds run out and will there be any escorts left to screen them?

  • The use by Israel of its navy for signaling it’s strategic retaliatory capabilities to Iran, in the form of its Dolphin-class submarines. How many nuclear-tipped cruise missiles do they carry?

  • The increase in size and importance of the US and allied (Japanese) Aegis ballistic missile defense (BMD) force, especially in light of the decision not to deploy ground-based ballistic missile interceptors in Eastern Europe. How can the US Navy get BMD so right and the US Army get BMD so wrong?

  • The conflicting sovereignty claims in the Arctic, as Russia heats up its claims to the region. Will the Russians back their claims with force – and if so exactly what deployable forces do they have?

  • The Chinese lawfare campaign to upset traditional notions of freedom of navigation in order to deny foreign warships and aircraft access to its coastal waters. Can China win this campaign solely by scholarly articles and symposia?

  • The mysterious at-sea collision between the British ballistic missile submarine HMS Vanguard and its French counterpart Le Triomphant. The silence surrounding this event was deafening. What exactly is the chance of two boomers running into each other accidentally in the middle of the ocean?

Editorial Note – 2009 Archive Now Available

NOSI’s archive from January – December 2009 is now available: January-December 2009

Editorial Note – Announcing the War Studies Primer 2010 Edition – an introductory course on the study of war and military history

The War Studies Primer 2010 edition has been released with 150 new slides and updated content.

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, or primer, 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 lectures and over 1,400 slides and is updated on a yearly basis.

War Studies Primer is licensed for your use and reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

Discussion regarding War Studies Primer may be found on our Facebook page – become a Fan and join in!

Please contact me with your comments and feedback about the War Studies Primer.

Sincerely,

Michael P. D’Alessandro, M.D.

Curator, War Studies Primer (http://www.warstudiesprimer.org) and Naval Open Source Intelligence (http://www.nosi.org)

Editorial Note – New Site: P-8 Poseidon God of the Sea

I have started a new Web site, using Facebook, entitled P-8 Poseidon God of the Sea. It is dedicated to operational naval news and discussion on the P-8 Poseidon as well as the world wide VP / maritime patrol aircraft community. You are invited to give it a try.

Editorial Note – NOSI is taking a short break and will next update on Monday August 10

NOSI is taking a short break and will next update on Monday August 10.

During this time, please consider visiting our related site and downloading the War Studies Primer for an introductory course on the study of war.

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.

Editorial Note – Naval Year In Review 2008

2008

World Naval Operational News Highlights

The ten most significant naval news stories / themes this year included:

  • The increasing amount of piracy off of Somalia, and the increasingly ad-hoc response from the world’s navies. It seems the law needs to catch up with reality, and that there needs to be better coordination between the various navies in the region.

  • The continued conflicting sovereignty claims in the Arctic, as global warming does its work. Can this be settled by a treaty?

  • The increased emphasis on humanitarian operations by all navies. Unfortunately, this emphasis is for nought if the devastated country refuses assistance, as Burma did this year.

  • The increased number of Russian Navy exercises in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Can petrodollars help it to keep increasing its tempo of deployments?

  • The slow but steady ascent of the Chinese Navy on all fronts. Most interestingly, more clues emerged this year as to how its anti-ship ballistic missile capability works.

  • The use of semisubmersibles to smuggle drugs into the U.S. What countermeasures can be effectively deployed against them?

  • The MV-22 Osprey’s first successful deployment in Iraq. Will it be deployed to Afghanistan in 2009?

  • The shoot-down of a faulty spy satellite by a US Navy cruiser. How widely deployed is this capability in the fleet today?

  • The continuing lawfare over US Navy sonar use in training and the potential harm it does to marine mammals, referred this year all the way to the Supreme Court. How closely must the US military follow environmental laws?

  • The continuing crisis in quality and quantity in US Navy ship building. Do the shipbuiders have no shame?

Statistics
In 2008, there were news stories linked to on 292 / 365 days – that is on 80% of the days.

In 2008, NOSI linked to 408 news stories.

In 2008, 114 of these stories (28%) were related to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, or U.S. Military Sealift Command.

In 2008, 152 of these stories (37%) were background stories.

The remaining 142 news stories (35%) covered the operational activities of 23 nation’s navies, coast guards, and marine corps:

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, United Kingdom

In 2008, 189,995 pages of information were read on NOSI by 115,850 users.

Editorial Note – 2008 Archive Now Available

NOSI’s archive from January – December 2008 is now available: January – December 2008

Editorial Note – NOSI On Break Until Tuesday January 6th

NOSI is taking a short break and will next update on Tuesday January 6.

During this time, please consider visiting our related site and downloading the War Studies Primer for an introductory course on the study of war.

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.

Editorial Note – Redesigned Site for NOSI

Today NOSI has migrated from the Manila blogging platform which it has used over the last 9 years, to the more popular WordPress blogging platform.

The entire site was migrated over in an automated fashion. If you see any bugs or broken links in this new site, please take a moment to let me know.

The feature set of WordPress is quite different from Manila, and it will take me some time to find my way around this new tool. At a minimum, the appearance of each post will change a bit, and I expect more will change over time. Thank you in advance for your patience…

Editorial Note – NOSI on break until Monday September 22

NOSI is taking a short break and will next update on Monday September 22.

During this time, please consider visiting our related site and downloading the War Studies Primer for an introductory course on the study of war.

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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