US Navy – Aboard the USS Enterprise’s air group.
US Navy – Prototype systems that help shorten sensor to shooter time lags may be deployed to help US forces.
Ground War – It was confirmed today that US special forces are on the ground in southern as well as northern Afghanistan.
Background – Saudia Arabia – This essay paints a disturbing picture of our “allies” the Saudis – a corrupt regime that has bankrolled the fundamentalists who are trying to overthrow it.
US Air Force – The USAF has for the first time armed its RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicles with Hellfire antitank missiles. This is truely a revolution in military affairs, and is actually covered in more detail at the end of the above New Yorker article.
US Navy – The USS Theodore Roosevelt is now participating in the air war. Also, the USS Kitty Hawk has loaded special forces troops and helicopters and is now in theater.
Canadian Navy – The Canadian Navy task force has departed for the Persian Gulf.
Royal Australian Navy – Australia’s contribution will be larger than expected and will include a SAS Squadron, 2 P-3 Orions, 2 frigates and an amphibious command ship.
US Coast Guard – The US Coast Guard is nearing the breaking point in terms of platforms and personnel as it provides increased levels of homeland defense; the US Navy may help it out.
Royal Navy – Aboard HMS Illustrious with the media.
US Navy – The life of the air boss aboard USS Carl Vinson.
US Marines – More on exercise Bright Star in Egypt.
Phillipine Navy – The Phillipine Navy continues to battle Islamic terrorists.
Royal Marines – 3 Commando Brigade, currently exercising in Oman, may be deployed to Afghanistan. They are the mountain and winter warfare experts of the British military.
US Marines – Meanwhile the US Marines maintain a Mountain Warfare Training Center in California to distribute mountain and winter warfare expertise throughout the Corps.
US Navy – The former residents of Diego Garcia who were evicted from the island 30 years ago fear this conflict will delay their court-ordered permanent return to their home islands.
US Navy – Aboard the USS Carl Vinson in the Gulf.
Background – Airpower Analysis To Date – A critical look at the ineffective nature of the air campaign to date.
US Navy – Aboard USS Enterprise.
US Navy – The USS Kitty Hawk’s role may be to serve as a base for US Army Apache attack helicopters.
Background – Endgame Afghanistan – Robert Kaplan on how the post Taliban era should happen in Afghanistan.
US Navy – Two articles that demonstrate the only bases the US can count on in time of war are bases in the US, in the UK (Diego Garcia) and carrier battlegroups.
US Navy – US Navy battlegroup deployments will now stretch beyond 6 months, due to the nation being at war.
Background – Strategy Update – Update along with a current Allied Order of Battle.
Background – Russian Lessons Learned
US Navy – Aboard the USS Enterprise.
US Navy – Aboard the USS Carl Vinson.
Background – Further insight from historian Sir John Keegan.
Background – History of Afghanistan – An excellent multi-part history of Afghanistan. Follow the links down the left-hand side of the page.
Canadian Navy – Aboard the Canadian Navy’s frigates.
US Navy – The Essex amphibious ready group is exercising off Japan.
Royal Australian Navy – The last of the refugees have left HMAS Manoora and landed on Nauru???
Royal Australian Navy???meanwhile refugees continue to attempt to land in Australia and are being intercepted at sea.
Russian Navy – The Kursk has been towed back to port.
Royal Navy – Background on the Royal Navy’s Trafalgar-class and Swiftsure-class nuclear attack submarines which took part in the initial wave of cruise missile attacks on Sunday.
US Navy – The USS Theodore Roosevelt may leave the Bright Star exercise early in order to relieve the USS Enterprise in the Gulf. Meanwhile the USS Kearsarge is on her way home.
US Navy – The USS Essex amphibious ready group has set sail from its homeport for a destination that was not named.
US Navy – Aboard the USS Carl Vinson battlegroup.
US Navy – Aboard the USS Enterprise battlegroup.
Canadian Navy – Canada has pledged a naval task force to coalition forces in the Persian Gulf, including a destroyer, three frigates, a supply ship and maritime patrol aircraft. This is the largest Canadian naval deployment in 50 years and the ships will be integrated completely into the US battlegroups.
Background – History – Sir John Keegan gives the historical background to this week’s air strikes.
US Navy – A second round of strikes has been launched, similar in composition to the first.
US Navy – Life aboard the USS Enterprise.
Royal Navy – Life aboard HMS Illustrious.
Russian Navy – The Kursk has been sucessfully raised and is headed towards shore.
Background – Surface to air missiles (SAMs) – The bane of the pilot – short range SAMs.
The battle has been joined – US Navy carrier-based aircraft from the USS Carl Vinson and USS Enterprise have participated in attacks on Afghanistan, joined by cruise missiles launched by US and Royal Navy submarines and US surface ships as well as by USAF long range bombers.
Background – Afghanistan – Could this be the US strategy on the ground?
Russian Navy – The raising of the Kursk has begun.
Royal Navy – The Captain of HMS Illustrious is stressing that his ship has not yet received orders to participate in attacks against Afghanistan.
NATO – NATO has agreed to move its Standing Naval Force Mediterranean to the Eastern Med to show resolve.
Royal Australian Navy – The RAN may send an amphibious command ship to accompany the squadron of SAS it is committing to the action in Afghanistan.
Sri Lankan Navy – The Sri Lankan Navy has engaged in yet another sea battle with the Tamil Tigers.
US Navy – The skipper of the USS Greenville was relieved of his command after running the submarine aground in Saipan.
US Navy – At sea with the USS Theodore Roosevelt battlegroup.
Background – Information Warfare – How information warfare was applied in Kosovo may give insight into how it is used in Afghanistan.
US Navy – The USS Enterprise will not be returning home on schedule, she will remain at sea beyond her normal 6 month cruise length.
US Navy – More details on the sailing of the USS Kitty Hawk.
US Navy – The Chief of Naval Operations has begun to standardize training and operations between the Pacific and Atlantic fleets.
Royal Navy – Life aboard HMS Illustrious in the Gulf.
Background – Pakistan – Another article by Robert Kaplan describing the current political situation in Pakistan and stating we should view Pakistan as a vital ally.
Iranian Navy – The Iranian Navy’s view of the naval buildup in the Persian Gulf.
US Marines – The multinational Exercise Bright Star is occuring in Egypt.
US Navy – An interview with the new Secretary of the Navy, in which he outlines his priorities.
US Navy – the USS Kitty Hawk has formally deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. It is without many of its fixed-wing aircraft.
Royal Navy – HMS Illustrious has arrived off Oman. Meanwhile, the nuclear attack submarine HMS Triumph has joined the task force.
US Navy – An essay by William Arkin on how we must plan for a new type of unconventional war and take our time to do so — and that taking such time has the added benefit of putting terrorists on the defensive for once.
Russian Navy – The raising of the Kursk continues to be delayed by bad weather.
Background – Special Forces operations – One potential way to go after enemy forces in caves in Afghanistan.
Background – Afghanistan – Historian John Keegan argues that more has been accomplished than meets the eye to date.
US Navy – An excellent overview of the military options available to the US.
Background – Wargaming – An essay by William Arkin on how recent wargames have helped to define US strategy for how the war on terrorism will proceed.
Background – Afghanistan – An essay on how the Taliban came to power, and how due to their behavior they are no longer appreciated by the average Afghan.
Background – Afghanistan – Why all the Taliban’s neighbors in Central Asia are willing to work with the US to see them removed from power.
US Navy – How an old technology – the Fresnel lens – is being used today to help avoid ship collisions.
Background – Afghanistan – The soon-to-come Afghan winter will be a deterrent to any military operations.
Background – Afghanistan – Bin Laden’s real goal is to overthrow the House of Saud.
Russian Navy – Work continues on raising the Kursk.
Background – Afghanistan – What combat in Afghanistan would be like, from an SAS trooper who trained the Afghanis in the 1980s and served with them in-country.
Background – Afghanistan – What life is like today inside Afghanistan, by two BBC correspondents.
Royal Marines – All of 3 Commando Brigade ( 40, 42, and 45 Commando) are in the Persian Gulf.
Chinese Navy – The Chinese Navy has successfully tested its recently acquired SSN-22 Sunburn antiship cruise missiles.
Sri Lankan Navy – More fighting between the Sri Lankan Navy and the Tamil Sea Tigers.
US Navy – Onboard USNS Comfort.
Royal Marines – The Royal Marines are procuring a new beach recovery vehicle.
Background – Pakistan – Why we must be careful in dealing with Pakistan.