Indian Navy – India is having problems completing its purchase of Scorpene-class attack submarines from France.
US Navy – The dock landing ship USS Portland returns from a UNITAS cruise around South America.
US Navy – A current summary of US forces in the Gulf.
Background- Media – A detailed look at the history of the relationship between the US military and the US media – and proposals for the future of that relationship.
South African Navy – South Africa’s Meko-class corvettes will come on-line soon.
US Navy – Aboard the USS Harry S. Truman.
Background – Wargaming – Can the study of massively multiplayer online games help defeat Al Queda?
Background – Effects Based Warfare – James F. Dunnigan explains that this is old wine in new bottles???
US Navy – The USS Truman battlegroup departs for the Gulf.
Venezuelan Navy – Venezuela is using its navy to keep its oil industry afloat during a nation-wide general strike.
Royal Navy – HMS Nottingham will be repaired, after running aground off of Australia.
US Marines – More details of Exercise Edged Mallet in Kenya.
Russian Navy – The Russian port of Murmansk is evolving from a military to a commercial port.
Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force – Japan will send an Aegis-equipped destroyer to the Gulf, for the first time.
Background – Man Portable Surface to Air Missiles – James F. Dunnigan on why downing an airliner with a SA-7 is harder than it looks.
Spanish Navy – More on the Spanish tracking of tankers that are suspected to be unsafe off the Spanish coast.
US Marines – The US is considering using an enlarged version of the Wasp-class helicopter carrier as its sea basing platform.
Iraqi Navy – What threats does Iraq pose to the US Navy in the Gulf?
US Navy – The commander of a US attack submarine that collided with a civilian tanker in the Mediterranean last month has been relieved of his command.
History – I don’t normally point out obituaries, but Captain Beach *was* the US Navy to many people. We are in his debt for explaining the naval life to so many people.
US Marines – Another in a series of articles on life in the Marine Corps today.
Background – Journalism – A report from inside the US military’s boot camp for journalists.
US Navy – Life aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.
US Navy – The US in increasing its mine countermeasures force in the Gulf.
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US Marines – US Marines from the 4th MEU are exercising with Kenyan troops.
Indian Navy – Should India purchase the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov?
French Navy – France is escorting old tankers out of its coastal waters, in an attempt to prevent environmental damage???as are Spain and Portugal
Background – War on Terror – The military historian Sir Michael Howard on the road the US should take in the war on terror.
Background – Information Warfare – A detailed look at the newest revision of the RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft, which is responsible for helping to compress the sensor-shooter loop significantly.
Background – Iraq – James F. Dunnigan reviews the last invasion of Iraq, in 1941, by the British.
NOSI will be updated irregularly from Sunday – Wednesday. To tide you over, here is an excellent and very lengthy essay from naval analyst Normal Friedman.
Background – Medium Sized Navies – An excellent (and lengthy!) essay by Norman Friedman on the evolution of naval technology since World War II.
Background – Infantry Weapons – James F. Dunnigan on the new Selectable Assault Battle Rifle, otherwise known as OICW or the XM29.
French Navy – France is sending a submarine to inspect the sunken tanker off of Spain.
US Navy – The defensive aspect of the Sea Power 21 strategy.
NATO – NATO’s Supreme Allied Command Atlantic, known as SACLANT, is getting a new name and a new mission.
Background – Reserves – James F. Dunnigan on how we are using and abusing our reserve forces.
Background – USAF – William Arkin on how the F-22 fighter program is facing the fight of its life.
Royal New Zealand Navy – The frigate Te Kaha sails for the Gulf.
Indonesia Navy – Indonesia sinks two boats smuggling arms to rebels.
US Navy – The first reserve squadron to fill a carrier slot since the Korean War has been activated.
Background – Saudi Arabia – The evidence continues to mount that the real enemy in the war on terror is Saudi Arabia.
Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force – Japan sends 2 more ships to fight the war on terror.
US Navy – Life aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.
Royal Navy – The First Sea Lord expects more terrorist attacks on British ships.
Background – Wargaming – Taiwan is using Jane’s Fleet Commander computer wargame to conduct political military wargames for members of the Taiwanese government, to hone their decision making skills in case of conflict with China.
Background – Information Warfare – William Arkin on how while fighting in the new sphere of information warfare, the Pentagon is blurring the lines between news and propaganda. This will have a deleterious effect on the US electorate.
US Navy – James F. Dunnigan on how crew size is shrinking over time on US ships.
US Marines – The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab explores the future of war.
Israeli Navy – An Israeli patrol craft is attacked by a suicide bomber.
Canadian Navy – HMCS Protecteur returns home from 6 months supplying Canadian forces in the Gulf.
US Navy – An essay on a possible way forward for US seapower in the 21st century.
US Navy – Pilots from the USS Abraham Lincoln on Operation Southern Watch are receiving increased ground fire.
Canadian Navy – Aboard HMCS Montreal in the Gulf.
US Navy – EP-3’s continue to harrassed in international airspace by Chinese fighters.
US Marines – More Marines head for the Gulf.
US Marines – The Osprey program is trying to move forward???
US Navy – CVNX continues to move forward.
US Navy – Atlantic Fleet operating tempo is running at near normal.
Royal Navy – The aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal and the helicopter carrier HMS Ocean are rumored to be sent to the Gulf if action is to be taken against Iraq.
Chinese Navy – China is developing a newer, longer range cruise missile.
US Navy – The US has successfully intercepted a ballistic missile in a test, using the Aegis radar.
Background – Turkey – A nice overview of the current geopolical situation in Turkey today, and how that will influence US moves against Iraq.
Russian Navy – The Russian Navy is steaming to assist a Russian fishing trawler that has been hijacked by gunman in the Pacific.
French Navy – France and India are conducting Exercise Varuna 02/2.
South Korean Navy – South Korea warned off a North Korean naval vessel attempting to enter its territorial waters.
US Navy – Results are good so far with the Navy’s experimenting with decreased staffing on board its guided-missile cruisers.
US Navy – The Navy’s flight safety record is taking a dive this year???
US Navy – The operating limits of the Navy’s Low Frequency Active Sonar are detailed.
Background – Afghanistan – James F. Dunnigan on why the Afghanistan Model is not the model for every future military conflict.
Background – Information Warfare – Austin Bay on how the BBC is a powerful ally of good in information warfare.
Nigerian Navy – Nigeria continues to fight oil pirates.
US Navy – An interview with the commander of SURFLANT.
US Navy – More on the pros and cons of the possible use of Eritrea as a naval base in the Horn of Africa.
US Navy – The US is resuming port calls in China.
US Navy – The Kitty Hawk and Constellation battlegroups will soon make port calls in Hong Kong.
Background – Iraq – Part 3 of the series “Bush at War” by Bob Woodward, which illustrates the President’s leadership style.
Canadian Navy – HMCS St. John’s returns home from the Gulf.
Royal New Zealand Navy – New Zealand recommits itself to a ban on port visits by US Navy ships.
Background – War on Terror – Thomas Friedman on the “new NATO” – the US, UK, Australia, and France – countries who are all sea powers – and who enjoy projecting their sea power.
History – Afghanistan – Part 2 of Bob Woodward’s “Bush at War” series. Is the real reason the Taliban fell so quickly that the CIA bribed the US’s way towards victory?
Background – Iraq – John Keegan asks why the US is being so slow at prepositioning land forces in the Gulf.
Background – Iraq – James F. Dunnigan with a nice summary of the information war steadily being waged against Iraq.
Background – Iraq – A roundtable, presided over by former US UN Ambassador Richard Holbrooke on what the pre-game, game, and post-game plans on Iraq should be.
Background – Foreign Policy – David Isby on why we must reexamine our committment to the status quo in our foreign policy.
US Marines – The Marines are taking on more and more special operations tasks and missions. Is this a fundamental change in their direction?
US Navy – Lessons learned from the sinking of an Iraqi tanker in the Gulf that cost the lives of two US sailors from the destroyer USS Peterson in 2001.
US Navy – Aboard a P-3 Orion over the Stratis of Hormuz, enforcing the UN’s oil sanctions against Iraq.
US Navy – How the US is trying to beef up security at the Suez Canal.
US Navy – The F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet has made its combat debut over Iraq on its first deployment.
US Marines – A look at what US forces are doing in Djibouti.
US Marines – More Marines from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force head for the Gulf.
Background – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – A look behind the technology of UAV’s.
Background – Bush’s War – Bob Woodward has a new book, being serialized, that gives an inside look on the War on Terror, drawn from interviews with Bush Administration members as well as the minutes of their meetings. A fascinating look into how national security decisions are really made.
German Navy – Germany recommits to the war on terror.
US Navy – The US has agreed to scale back its testing of its low frequency active sonar system.
US Navy – How the US is keeping F/A-18 Hornet availability rates high.
US Marines – An interview with the incoming Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Background – Open Source Intelligence – When do collectors of open source intelligence become identified as possible terrorists?
Background – Falklands – A look at the economic resources the sea yields off of the Falklands.
Background – Iraq – Ralph Peters unfavorably critiques the current war plan against Iraq.
US Navy – The nuclear attack submarine USS Oklahoma City has collided with a Norwegian tanker near the Strait of Gibraltar.
US Marines – The Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle is “as transformational as it gets.”
Background – Iraq – An excellent synthesis of the military buildup around Iraq.
Background – Translation – James F. Dunnigan on how to recruit battlefield translators.
Pakistani Navy – Pakistan is looking to acquire frigates from China.
US Navy – An interview with the CINCLANT.
Background – Tank – James F. Dunnigan on how the tank is or is not obsolete.
US Navy – The USS Mount Whitney sets sail on what is only her second operational deployment.
Background – Iraq – William Arkin on how the US, with or without the UN, is committed to regime change in Iraq by spring.
US Marines – An interview With Gen. James L. Jones, Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Background – War on Terrorism – Thomas Friedman on how the loyal opposition to the Bush Administration consists of John McCain, Colin Powell, and Tony Blair — and how they must lead America towards addressing the root causes of 9-11.