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Winning the Joint Fight

USNI Blog – It is important that the Marine Corps quickly take the lead in the expeditionary fires realm. However, it needs to leverage Army air defense and artillery capabilities and contacts to bring the idea to fruition and ultimately link-up under a Navy command and control umbrella.

Ukraine-Russia clash: Nato’s dilemma in the Black Sea

BBC – Does crisis beckon in the Black Sea? Could Russia and Nato even come to blows?

Marine Corps Warfighting Lab Experiments Heading Toward Massive Sea Control Event

USNI News – The Marine Corps’ ongoing Sea Dragon experimentation campaign is working on one of the most pressing issues the naval force faces: how to incorporate the Marine Corps into the Navy’s battle for sea control.

Foreign Warships May Use Northeast Passage Only After Notifying Russia

Sputnik News – The Northern Sea Route is a shipping lane running along the Russian Arctic coast, allowing passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the Northern coast of Siberia. Starting in 2019, foreign warships will only be able to sail along the Northern Sea Route after notifying Russian authorities.

What World War I Tells Us About a China-Japan War Today

National Interest – Consider what the Great War has to say about the military balance between China and Japan and how an East Asian war might unfold. Conventional opinion in Japan has long held that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) would more or less steamroller the Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) in wartime. Demographics, economics, defense budgets, you name it: they all line up on China’s side.

Martime Partnerships and the Future of US Seapower in the Indo-Pacific

CIMSEC – The future of U.S. seapower in the Indo-Pacific is filled with challenges yet ripe with opportunity.

Experts say Russia’s actions in the Kerch Strait were illegal

Defense News – Russia’s seizure of Ukraine’s naval vessels is illegal, no matter whose version of events is true, according to three international law experts.

On the Cutting Edge of US Navy Exercising: Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training

CIMSEC – CIMSEC had the opportunity to ask leaders at the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) and the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group about the first East Coast Carrier Strike Group (CSG) Cruiser-Destroyer (CRUDES) Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise.

U.S. Is Betting Big On Naval Mine Warfare With These New Sub-Launched and Air-Dropped Types

War Zone – In the next few years, the Navy hopes to develop four new mines to help deny enemy navies freedom of movement during major conflicts.

Royal Navy and RAF locked in dogfight over new jets that cannot fly from warships

Sky News – Sources tell Sky News that senior RAF officers are pushing for a version of a supersonic warplane that can only fly from land.

Iran adds 2 mini submarines to naval fleet

Navy Times – Iran’s navy has acquired two new mini submarines designed for operations in shallow waters such as the Persian Gulf.

The Strategic Dimensions of the Sea of Azov

CIMSEC – The Sea of Azov is a tiny and small sea that historically has not often earned much strategic attention from the countries that possessed it. However, history reveals that the strategic importance of the sea periodically rises when at least two countries possess the shores of this sea.

Navy, Industry Discussing Feasibility of Common Hull for Support Ships

USNI News – Navy officials like the potential costs savings of using one hull design for the service’s family of support ships and are talking with industry leaders early and often to make this plan feasible.

New Second Fleet To Stay Lean, Unpredictable, Commander Says; & Watching China

Breaking Defense – The Arctic will become increasingly crowded in the coming years, and the US navy;’s Second Fleet is making it a priority to get up there more often.

Early report blames confused watchstanders, possible design flaws for Norway’s sunken frigate

Defense News – Norway’s accident investigation board is raising questions about the watertight integrity of the Nansen-class frigates and is pointing its finger at shipbuilder Navantia in the wake of the collision and subsequent sinking of the frigate Helge Ingstad in early November.

The Navy’s New Jammers For Its EA-18G Growlers Cut Back Their Range More Than The Old Pods

War Zone – The Growlers are sorely in need of the new jamming systems, but the present pod design could create all-new issues.

Zumwalt Close to Losing Gun, But Open to EW and Directed Energy

Breaking Defense – The once-revolutionary prospects of the Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyer continue to be whittled away. Having lost some of its touted stealth capabilities and suffered a series of engine and electrical problems, now it’s likely to ditch its long-troubled gun.

Why the Navy thinks the carrier Gerald R. Ford will work after all

Navy Times – The technology glitches plaguing the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford, lead ship of the Navy’s next generation of flattops, are getting fixed, officials told lawmakers during a Tuesday hearing on Capitol Hill.

The Sea of Azov won’t become the new South China Sea (and Russia knows it)

Defense News – Russia’s brazen seizure of three Ukrainian navy ships on Sunday set off a firestorm of finger-pointing and appeals to international law on both sides. But the clash over the Kerch Strait and access to the Sea of Azov isn’t likely to become a long-running international spectacle like the ongoing maritime feud between the U.S. and China over China’s claims in the South China Sea.

Next Navy Force Structure Assessment Unlikely to Alter Plan for 355-Ship Fleet

USNI News – The Navy’s next in-depth look at force structure, due sometime in 2019, is unlikely to alter plans for building a 355-ship fleet, according to the service’s top leaders.

Russia and Ukraine had a short naval battle. Here’s what you need to know

Washington Post – The Nov. 25 skirmish between Russian Border Guard and Ukrainian navy ships in the Kerch Strait has escalated tensions not just between the two countries, but also between Russia and NATO.

Yes, Virginia, there is a submarine payload module that could launch drones

C4ISRNet – A new module will outfit the Navy’s Virginia-class submarines with a series of useful tubes waiting to be filled with possibility. New missiles and possibly torpedoes will likely form the bulk of new payloads for the Virginia Payload Module (VPM), but one of the possibilities is as an exit point for vertically berthed underwater uncrewed vehicles, a home and launching point for robots waiting to scout the surrounding sea.

China’s 3rd aircraft carrier under construction, to be equipped with new technologies

Global Times – China’s third aircraft carrier is now under construction, the Xinhua News Agency said via its WeChat public account on early Sunday, with Chinese military experts saying on Monday that the warship is expected to be launched in two and a half years.