War Zone – The aircraft’s choice as a replacement for the venerable C-2 Greyhound has been controversial, but its development has been amazingly fast.
– CIMSEC – Bringing a new light carrier into service would be an impressive feat for any naval enterprise, let alone the Korean People’s Navy….a new FICINT story…
Can anyone recommend a modern warship recognition guide for a beginner?
Weyer’s Flottentaschenbuch is a bit too much at this stage.
This Jane’s guide would be perfect but it is 14 years old. Does anyone know of anything newer?
Please let me know through the Contact Form – Thanks!
– Barents Observer – The “Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky” will improve search- and rescue capabilities in Russia’s western Arctic region.
– International Business Times – India will soon turn over a Russian-made submarine to Myanmar making it the first-ever commissioned submarine for the country formerly known as Burma. The impending transfer is seen as a boost to the bilateral defense cooperation between the two countries and it supports India’s policy to countermeasure any action China may take with Myanmar.
(Thanks to Alain)
– Bloomberg – The $13 billion Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier, the U.S. Navy’s costliest warship, was delivered last year without elevators needed to lift bombs from below deck magazines for loading on fighter jets.
– Defense News – Japanese Aegis destroyer Atago detected and shot down a short-range ballistic missile in space Tuesday in a joint test with the U.S. Navy using the SM-3 Block IB missile.
– Japanese Ministry of Defense – An excellent look at how the Japanese see the Chinese threat to Japan.
– CIMSEC – The first two phases of the multinational, Caribbean-focused military exercise Tradewinds 2018 took place between 4-21 June. Said maneuvers, sponsored by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), brought together an estimated 1,700 troops from almost two dozen nations. Given the ongoing maritime security challenges that the Greater Caribbean continues to face, these confidence and interoperability-building exercises continue to be very important.
– US Naval War College Review – Military targeting practices should be the core of any analysis that seeks a better understanding both of the concept of meaningful human control within a context of increasingly autonomous weapons, and of what human-machine relationship we require.
– US Naval War College Review – A survey of how Europe’s naval forces have evolved since the end of the Cold War amid a complex and threatening security environment. More than two decades of fiscal austerity have jeopardized Europe’s ability both to ensure good order at sea and to provide credible deterrence, and have limited its ability to promote common interests and shape events abroad.
– The Atlantic – The tale of a B-2 bombing raid in the Libyan desert, pitting stealth bombers and 500-pound bombs against 70 ragtag fighters
– CIMSEC – It is worth noting that a recent Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) study on maritime domain awareness in northern Europe described frogmen as “arguably the most effective force for maritime hybrid operations.”