China’s Aging Population Is a Major Threat to Its Future

Time – Amateurs talk tactics, generals talk logistics – is China’s looming demographic crisis a reason why it is not a long term threat to the U.S.?

We need to talk about the Fitzgerald: The Drift Vol XVII

Defense News – David Larter’s insights into the USS Fitzgerald incident, from his experiences as a former Navy surface watch supervisor.

Years of Warnings, Then Death and Disaster

Pro Publica – How the Navy failed its sailors – another insightful investigative report on the USS Fitzgerald incident.

US shift on South China Sea ‘grey zone’ aggression signals stronger response ahead

South China Morning Post – The United States is expected to take more planned and pre-emptive measures in response to China’s “grey zone tactics” in the Asia-Pacific region, according to analysts from the US and Australia.

Beijing sends fleet of ships to disputed South China Sea island ‘to stop Philippines building facilities’

South China Morning Post – China has been accused of sending a fleet of almost 100 ships to hamper Philippine construction work on a disputed island in the South China Sea.

Navy To Field Cruise Missile Variant Of Its Smart JSOW Glide Bomb That Will Fit Inside F-35C

War Zone – The new weapon will give the service’s fighter jets important extra stand-off firepower in the face of increasing threats.

The Navy Has Dozens More MH-60R Helicopters Than It Needs Due To LCS Debacle

War Zone – The service blew over a billion dollars on choppers it might never have a use for and is spending even more to keep them sitting in storage.

The Fitzgerald Collision: In Search of the Onus

War on the Rocks – The American people should understand that while there were clear and present systemic issues with how the Navy trained and maintained its Japan-based ships, the Fitzgerald tragedy was the result of profound professional negligence perpetrated by people who either should have known better or did know better and chose to act otherwise.

Fight the Ship

ProPublica – Death and valor on the USS Fitzgerald, a warship doomed by its own Navy.

Charting Britain’s Moves in the South China Sea

RUSI – A British naval presence in the South China Sea strengthens global security and Britain’s global role. But it must be matched with a more systematic approach to the region, and to China’s defiance of legal norms.

Decades-Old Harpoon Missile Could See Growth in Sub, Coastal Defense Missions

USNI News – After pulling out of a competition to outfit the Navy’s small surface combatants with anti-ship missiles, Boeing is seeing a warmer embrace of its 40-year-old Harpoon missile from the U.S. Navy’s aviation and surface fleets and from foreign military sales.

Double your Ford class, double your fun: The Drift, Vol. XVI

Defense News – The Navy announced today that its buying two carriers simultaneously. It’s a nearly $15 billion contract. Here is the nitty-gritty…

Check Out The Changes To Supercarrier USS Abraham Lincoln’s Island Structure After Refit

War Zone – The Nimitz class aircraft carrier has had some notable alternations that will allow it to serve through the second half of its 50-year service life.

The Navy Is Ripping Out Underperforming Anti-Torpedo Torpedoes From Its Supercarriers

War Zone – After more than five years of testing, the system still hasn’t proven it can reliably spot incoming threats or destroy them.

Pearl Harbor 1941: The First Energy War

CIMSEC – It could all happen again—but in reverse!

The Deep Ocean: Seabed Warfare and the Defense of Undersea Infrastructure Part 1

CIMSEC – Given recent activities by the PLA(N) and the Russian Navy, the matters of seabed warfare and the defense of undersea infrastructure have emerged as topics of interest to the U. S. Navy. Part One of this paper presents several significant considerations, arguably contrary to common thinking, that highlight the challenges of bringing the deep sea and benthic realm into cross-domain warfighting in the maritime environment.

Israel Boosts Protection Of Gas Fields, Shipping

Breaking Defense – With over 80 percent of Israeli’s commerce carried by sea and its offshore gas fields crucial to the economy, the country is boosting spending on protecting its shipping lanes, littorals and ports with an array of weapons including underwater capabilities, heavily armed patrol boats and new submarines.

Navy’s Last F-18 Hornet Squadron Sundowns Ahead of Transition to Super Hornet

USNI News – The Navy held a sundown ceremony on Friday for its last operational F-18 Hornet squadron, with the “Blue Blasters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 taking their last flight over Naval Air Station Oceana before transitioning to newer jets.

Navy’s Sea Hunter Drone Ship Has Sailed Autonomously To Hawaii And Back Amid Talk Of New Roles

War Zone – The U.S. Navy’s Sea Hunter unmanned surface vessel has become the first ship of any description to ever sail from San Diego, California to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and back without the need of a crew for navigation and steering. It’s a significant milestone for this particular vessel and its future cousins, which the service has primarily been developing as anti-submarine warfare platforms, but could also provide electronic warfare support and acting as decoys to help shield friendly forces.

Does the U.S. Navy Really Need to Worry About the Size of the Fleet?

National Interest – Tallying up ship numbers makes poor shorthand for U.S. naval power. Bean counting yields one datapoint, albeit an important one. There is some bare minimum of assets needed to concentrate strength at scenes of battle. But bean counting not only disregards the enemy, the surroundings, and the goals set by the navy’s overseers, it doesn’t differentiate among ship types.

The US Navy’s best sub-hunting aircraft is facing some nagging problems

Business Insider – Some nagging problems are affecting the Navy’s P-8As, according to a recent Pentagon report.

Worse than you thought: inside the secret Fitzgerald probe the Navy doesn’t want you to read

Navy Times – A scathing internal Navy probe into the 2017 collision that drowned seven sailors on the guided-missile destroyer Fitzgerald details a far longer list of problems plaguing the vessel, its crew and superior commands than the service has publicly admitted.

A warship doomed by ‘confusion, indecision, and ultimately panic’ on the bridge

Navy Times – The watchstanders on the bridge of the USS Fitzgerald had succumbed to “confusion, indecision, and ultimately panic,” according to an internal Navy investigation into the Fitzgerald disaster obtained by Navy Times.

Chinese Military Units Training With ASAT missiles

Washington Free Beacon – Chinese military forces have deployed multiple units armed with anti-satellite (ASAT) missiles that can destroy scores of American satellites, according to a Pentagon intelligence report.

China, Russia Building Super-EMP Bombs for ‘Blackout Warfare’

Washington Free Beacon – Several nations, including China and Russia, are building powerful nuclear bombs designed to produce super-electromagnetic pulse (EMP) waves capable of devastating all electronics—from computers to electric grids—for hundreds of miles, according to a newly-released congressional study.