US Navy – U.S. defense officials and industry program managers are examining the lessons learned from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom as they proceed with designing the aircraft and weapons that will transform today’s armed forces to a more mobile, precise, and persistent force.
Background – Transformation – Technological improvement is important but, pursued in isolation, will lead only so far. If we focus exclusively on technology, we will fail. Technological and conceptual change must be integrated in a manner consistent with the enduring nature of warócharacterized by essentially dispersed information, chaos, complexity, nonlinearity, and uncertainty.
US Marines – Another look at the formation of the Marines’ new special operations force.
US Marines – The artillery community needs ëa wakeup callí in order to solve future fire support issues.
Background – Middle East – Gen.(Ret.) Anthony Zinni, USMC, former USCENTCOM Commander, assesses challenges and opportunities facing the United States in the Middle East and the greater Islamic world.
US Navy – The USS Kearsarge has been released from duty off of Liberia, as a ceasefire has been signed there.
US Navy – Venerable P-3 aircraft increase situational awareness on the battlefield.
Indian Navy – India takes delivery of INS Talwar, a Krivak-class frigate.
Background – Reconnaissance Satellites – USAFís KH-7 spy satellite system constituted a major advance in overhead intelligence collection.
US Navy – A major restructuring of NATO’s North American headquarters is taking place.
US Coast Guard – The Coast Guard has chosen their new maritime patrol aircraft.
Sri Lankan Navy – Sri Lanka has sunk a Tamil Tiger ship.
Taiwanese Navy – The current state of whether the US will be able to supply submarines to Taiwan.
Canadian Navy – Canada’s navy has been worn out by its operations in the Gulf.
Background – Iraq – Civil Relationships – Historian Antony Beevor comments on the US Army’s successes and failures in Iraq.
Background – Strategy – At their most abstract, U.S. national interests are simple: to ensure the security and prosperity of the American people in the global environment. But distinguishing core strategic interestsóthose for which Americans would be willing to dieófrom significant interests that might require commitment of treasure, blood, time, and energy is almost never easy.
NOSI will next be updated on Wednesday.
US Navy – The USS Mount Whitney returns home from the Horn of Africa.
US Navy – The USS Kearsarge is now off of Liberia
Russian Navy – A port of call for the Russian ships that have been exercising in the Indian Ocean.
Information Warfare – As U.S. officials assess how military and commercial space resources contributed to combat successes in Iraq and Afghanistan, it appears that a long-sought goal of integrating “space” with air, ground and maritime operations is being realized.
US Navy – The USS Kearsarge amphibious ready group may be diverted to Liberia to evacuate America citizens as the country begins to melt down.
Chinese Navy – Fall out from the Chinese submarine disaster.
US Navy – The latest in flight suits for aviators.
International Naval News – A roundup of naval news from the German, Spanish, and Greek navies.
North Korean Navy – More on the plans for a naval blockade of North Korea by Japan, Australia, and the U.S.
Background – Russia – Russian decline could yet bring new challenges for the United States.
US Navy – The Naval Undersea Warfare Center believes it has a winner in the Spartan, an unmanned surface vehicle designed for an array of high-risk missions including intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and mine warfare in the littorals.
Background – Marine of the Future – The US Army opened its Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at MIT last month. They are working on some very interesting projects for the poor bloody infantry. Starship Troopers may be closer than we thought???Please, read what the dream is, and we’ll check back from time to time to see what the reality becomes???
US Navy – The the new and unique roles played by amphibious assault ships off of Iraq.
US Navy – The USS Constellation will be decomissioned.
Background – India – Will India and the US form an alliance to serve as a counterbalance to China?
Background – Iraq – James F. Dunnigan tells the history of Iraq as a story of gang warfare, and the implications for peacekeeping and nation building.
US Marines – Were the Marines’ communication systems as seamless as they appeared to be in Iraq? Apparently not???
US Navy – The Navy intends to increase the size of the SEALs.
Military Sealift Command – Interview with Vice Adm. David L. Brewer III, Commander, Military Sealift Command.
Background – Basing – A more indepth look at what the US intends to do with base realignment around the world.
Dutch Marines – Holland will send a battalion of Marines to Iraq for peacekeeping.
Background – History – Ralph Peters looks at how the world has changed in the past decade and finds that America is both hostage to history and likely to be saved by it
Canadian Navy – Canada is scaling back its naval committment in the Gulf.
Chinese Navy – India begins to worry about the growing Chinese naval presence in the Indian Ocean.
Military Sealift Command – Strategic Sealift Program provides outsized capabilities for future conflicts.
US Marines – The Marine’s approach to peacekeeping in Iraq.
US Navy – The US is making radical changes in how it will make available aircraft carrier battlegroups for deployment.
US Coast Guard – The future of logistics in the Coast Guard.
US Marines – Maritime Prepositioning Force Equipped Marines for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Background – Iraq – John Keegan on why the second Gulf war will not lead to an end in the conflict between Muslim and Western ways???
Background – Peacekeeping – Thomas Ricks nicely outlines the challenges facing US peacekeepers in Iraq.
Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force – Should Japan pull its ships out of the Gulf?
US Navy – Interview with Rear Adm. Charles L. Munns, Director of the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet.
Taiwanese Navy – Will Taiwan get the Kidd-class destroyers?
Background – Nation Building – Scenes from the new Afghanistan: A cautionary tale from America’s last attempt at nation-building.
North Korean Navy – A tour of the North Korean spy ship captured by Japan.
South Korean Navy – South Korea chases North Korean fishing boats out of its territorial waters.
US Navy – A summary of the USS Constellation’s last cruise.
US Navy – Naval news from around the US fleet.
Background – Asia – The US looks at shifting where its troops are deployed in Asia.
Background – Iraq – William Arkin on how speed, as well as pauses, kill.
US Navy – A look at the medical department aboard the USS Bataan.
US Navy – Polar bear vs. submarine.
Background – History – A look at the US Navy’s early research into nuclear propulsion.
US Marines – A year of flight testing has led to a reversal of fortune for the V-22, with senior Pentagon officials giving their blessing to take the tiltrotor into a higher production rate.
Canadian Navy – Should Canada purchase aircraft carriers?
International Naval News – Naval news from Great Britain, Australia, Canada, Taiwan, and the Netherlands.
Chinese Navy – China continues to probe Taiwan’s defenses.
US Marines – The Deputy Commandant for Aviation provides his annual assessment.
US Navy – The differences between the USS Ronald Reagan and other Nimitz-class aircraft carriers.
US Navy – An Interview with Rep. Edward L. Schrock, Chairman of the Navy-Marine Corps Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Background – Airpower – Some official lessons learned from the USAF in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Royal Navy – Are further deep cuts ahead for the Royal Navy?
US Navy – Linked by high-tech communications systems, commanding officers never again will be alone at sea. They are at the tip of a spear whose aim is now influenced by thousands of well-intentioned but largely invisible hands that act from hundreds of nodes on a worldwide network.