Thinking Effectively First

CIMSEC – Captain Wayne Hughes, USN, who would have turned 90-years-old this spring, left us a huge legacy on which to build and from which to learn regarding the intellectual content of naval research, our approaches to instruction, and how we organize our naval PME institutions.

China vs. America: A Submarine Showdown in the South China Sea?

National Interest – The United States has been continuing Chinese sub-hunting patrols with its Poseidon P-8 surveillance plane in the South China Sea area.

First Operational Navy V-22 Arrives at New COD Squadron

USNI News – The first of a new generation of aircraft that will ferry supplies and personnel on and off aircraft carriers arrived at the first operational squadron in California on Monday.

China Commissioned Its Ninth Type 056 Corvette So Far In 2020

Naval News – In total, nine Type 056 corvettes have joined the People Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) since the beginning of 2020. The “Jingdezhen” (617) was admitted to active service in the PLAN East Sea Fleet and assigned to the 16th fleet based in Xiamen.

TR Investigation Fallout: Crozier Won’t be Reinstated, Strike Group CO Promotion Delayed

USNI News – Capt. Brett Crozier, who commanded USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) until April, will not be reinstated to lead the ship, will not be eligible for future command and faces additional administrative punishment that will be overseen by U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. John Aquilino.

The Pentagon wants to forge ahead with robot warships, but Congress wants to slow the train

Defense News – In the latest sign of Congressional ambivalence on unmanned surface warships, the House Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee called for restricting funding for procurement of any large unmanned surface vessels – LUSVs – until he Navy can certify it has worked out an appropriate hull, mechanical and electrical system and that it can operate autonomously for 30 days consecutively.

Lack of Future Fleet Plans, Public Strategy Hurting Navy’s Bottom Line in Upcoming Defense Bills

USNI News – Frustrations are mounting in Congress over the limited insight lawmakers and the public have into the Navy’s future fleet, and the service now faces fiscal consequences in upcoming defense bills.

In War, Chinese Shipyards Could Outpace US in Replacing Losses; Marine Commandant

Breaking Defense – “Replacing ships lost in combat will be problematic,” Marine Commandant Gen. David Berger writes in a forthcoming paper. “Our industrial base has shrunk while peer adversaries have expanded their shipbuilding capacity. In an extended conflict, the United States will be on the losing end of a production race.”

Nukes, Nubs And Coners: The Unique Social Hierarchy Aboard A Nuclear Submarine

War Zone – Getting assigned to your first sub doesn’t make you a submariner and once you become one you’ll find yourself in a social structure unlike any other.

U.S. Navy SSBN USS Maryland Conducts Full At-Sea Crew Exchange

Naval News – Last week, the U.S. Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) USS Maryland conducted a full at-sea crew exchange to prevent sailors from possible COVID-19 exposure. At-sea crew transfer is quite unusual. Transfer of the entire crew of a submarine is even more exceptional.

If the US Navy isn’t careful, its new unmanned tanker drone could face a 3-year delay

Defense News – The US Navy could face a three-year delay in testing of the MQ-25 Stingray carrier-based tanking drone if it doesn’t get its designated test ships through the required modernizations on time, a possibility the Navy said was remote.

Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations and Mine Warfare in Littoral Control

CIMSEC – In reviewing the proposed EABO operations, many different capabilities are mentioned, but one, naval mines, are given scant attention, and to the point of being almost completely ignored.

BALTOPS 2020 Will Only Hold At-Sea Events With Ships Commanded from Shore

USNI News – The Navy and its NATO allies and partners are underway for the 49th iteration of the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise – which this year will focus on naval warfare at sea, partly by design and partly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Developing Security in a White Water World: Preparing For The Arctic

CIMSEC – The Arctic is changing physically and the security dimensions of the region are changing along with it. The region will not be ice-free overnight, and the United States is not without partners in addressing those changing strategic considerations. It behooves the United States to not pursue a hardline balancing arrangement against Russian militarization and instead pursue what it has been doing for some time, preparing for the potential of Arctic operations across all service branches. The pursuit of this policy perspective will signal American commitments to regional security without exacerbating the militarization of the Arctic into a full blown arms race, enabling an emerging littoral to be sufficiently addressed without intensifying competition within one of the most peaceful and cooperative regions of the world.

Seeing the World Through Points

CIMSEC – Strategic chokepoints and littorals are the arena of current and future power struggles. Great power competition is layered within these maritime and littoral domains. To a lesser extent, but still consequential, are the potential actions of regional and non-state actors capable of causing disruption along maritime chokepoints and littoral zones. The United States will be required to address multi-layered challenges to its maritime dominance in these areas while also fulfilling the role of humanitarian and the facilitator of free and open commerce.

USS Nimitz Aircraft Carrier Deploys With Powerful New Infrared Sensor System

War Zone – The carrier just left on a cruise and it’s packing a new electro-optical and infrared sensor system that will enhance its situational awareness.

USSOCOM Reveals Dry Combat Submersible Entering Service Soon

Naval News – The Dry Combat Submersible (DCS) is about a year from achieving Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for USSOCOM’s US Navy SEALs.

Navy Lacks ‘Clear Theory of Victory’ Needed to Build New Fleet

USNI News – The Navy and the Department of Defense haven’t finished their homework needed to inform how the Navy builds its future fleet, a panel of naval experts told a House panel on Thursday.

These Photos Of Ford And Nimitz Class Carriers Sailing Side-By-Side Offer Best Comparison Yet

War Zone – Although they are both huge supercarriers, the futuristic-looking Ford class has major external differences from its iconic predecessor.

America’s Interest in Diego Garcia

War on the Rocks – Diego Garcia is America’s major geostrategic and logistics support base in the Indian Ocean. Sovereignty over the island is increasingly being challenged by Mauritius, but it seems unlikely that Washington would be interested in doing a deal that would facilitate its transfer.

Mine the Littorals and Chokepoints: Mine Warfare in Support of Sea Control

CIMSEC – Naval mine warfare has played a significant role in every major American military conflict. If employed in support of sea control strategies under development by the Navy and Marine Corps, and should its full potential be leveraged by emerging technologies, MIW can serve as the lynchpin for deterring aggression in the maritime domain, and if necessary, for defeating adversaries at sea.