Undersea Surveillance: Supplementing the ASEAN Indo-Pacific Outlook

CIMSEC – Successful tracking foreign submarines would make the ASEAN Outlook more valid in the Indo-Pacific geostrategic landscape.

AI Will Change War, But Not in the Way You Thing

War on the Rocks – AI is sure to permeate every aspect of warfighting — from movement to communication, logistics, intelligence, weapons, and people. Delivering these warfare-changing technologies to the frontlines and into American hands will depend on less glamorous activities — namely, expediting the procurement process to more quickly field AI, and securing supply chains by collaborating with U.S. companies.

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The New Commandant’s Planning Guidance

Traditional Right – The new Marine Corps Commandant, General David H. Berger, recently issued his Planning Guidance, a document which states his commander’s intent and sets the direction the Marine Corps will take over the next four years. In this case, it is a remarkable statement which, if turned into effective action, could finally transform the Marine Corps into a military that can do maneuver warfare instead of just talk about it.

World War II Teaches Us How World War III Could Happen (And Would Be Hell)

National Interest – Bottom line, there’s a whiff of the 1930s in the air in East Asia today.

China Studies the Contours of the Gray Zone

National Interest – Beijing strategists go to school on Russian tactics in the Black Sea.

USS Harry S. Truman Suffers Major Electrical Malfunction, Raising Questions About Upcoming Deployment

USNI News – Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) is experiencing a malfunction of the ship’s electrical distribution system ahead of an expected deployment this fall.

F-35s Obsolete? Russia Has Lots of Thoughts on the Future of Aircraft Carriers

National Interest – Carrier advocates will often make the dubious claim that a couple of missiles or even a torpedo could not actually sink these hulking ships. Perhaps not, but please try to imagine the armada that would have to be assembled to rescue a disabled ship of this stature.

Shadowy New Electronic Warfare System Has Been Installed On U.S. Navy 7th Fleet Ships

War Zone – The mysterious modular system with a peculiar past is designated AN/SLQ-59 and has been quietly deployed on Asia-based U.S. surface combatants.

Here’s What Russia Thinks About the Future of America’s Aircraft Carriers

National Interest – Envious but also dubious.

Love, Carl

War on the Rocks – This short story was submitted in response to the call for ideas issued by the co-chairs of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, Eric Schmidt and Robert Work. It addresses the first question (part b.) which asks authors to consider what might happen if the United States fails to develop robust AI capabilities that address national security issues.

SecDef & Marines Want To Disperse Across Pacific, But It’s Hard

Breaking Defense – Concerns over a new Okinawa airfield, and how to get Marines across vast swaths of ocean, are complicating American plans to spread forces across the Pacific.

The U.S. Navy Isn’t Building ‘Battleships’ Anymore

National Interest – Over the years it’s become commonplace for writers to sex up their descriptions of guided-missile destroyer (DDG) Zumwalt, the U.S. Navy’s newest surface combatant. Commentators of such leanings depict the ultra-high-tech DDG-1000 as a battleship. Better yet, it’s a “stealth battleship”—a fit subject for sci-fi! Not so.

China gifted frigate formally joins Sri Lanka Navy

Global Times – Sri Lanka Navy held commissioning ceremony at the Colombo port on Thursday for China-gifted frigate “P625”, renamed “Parakramabahu”.

There Is Only 1 Way to Save the Aircraft Carrier from the ‘Scraper’: Study Battleships

National Interest – How can the U.S. Navy prolong the relevance of its big-deck aircraft carriers amid increasingly menacing surroundings?

For the Want of a Nail: Surface Connectors in Expeditionary Operations

War on the Rocks – The Defense Department should sustain and expand its existing intermediate sealift and expeditionary logistics capability until it either has a plan to replace these vital assets — or a concept of operations that doesn’t require it — lest the fight be lost for the want of a nail.

Coast Guard a Continuing ‘Force Multiplier’ with Navy in Global Missions

USNI News – The Coast Guard’s ability to fold into the U.S. joint armed forces to protect America’s interests globally has “never been more relevant,” a senior Coast Guard officer in the Pacific region told a Navy audience.

US Navy’s top officer sounds off on his way out the door

Defense News – Before he headed out the door, Defense News sat down with Richardson in his mostly empty office to talk about the state of the Navy, great power competition, partnerships in Europe and the submarine industrial base.

I Served on a U.S. Navy Battleship (And They Won’t Ever Make a Comeback)

National Interest – Lots of reasons why this will never happen.

Yes, China Can Pummel U.S. Bases in Asia with Missiles

National Interest – A new report reinforces problems U.S. military strategists have been discussing for years when it comes to the rise of Chinese military power. So what do we do about it?

Two new submarines of the Algerian Navy make their baptism of fire with missiles of Club-S missiles

Sputnik – The Algerian navy conducted this Monday, August 26, maneuvering by testing for the first time two new Russian submarines class Kilo version 636, according to a statement from National Defense. Both submersibles fired Club-S missiles on the surface.

(Thanks to Alain)

Navy Deployment Promotes Progress through Partnership in the Gulf of Guinea

USNI Blog – When I was first approached about leading a multinational team on a mission to the Gulf of Guinea, I was excited. I knew it was part of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF)’s mission to assist our partner nations in Africa, and what better way to do that than be on the ground, working side-by-side with our counterparts in the region?

Inside America’s Dysfunctional Trillion-Dollar Fighter-Jet Program

New York Times Magazine – The F-35 was once the Pentagon’s high-profile problem child. Has it finally moved past its reputation of being an overhyped and underperforming warplane?

Roll For Initiative: NATO’s Navies Need a Wargaming Series

War on the Rocks – NATO’s navies should draw a lesson from history and begin wargaming for a potential future European conflict now.