Armed Forces Journal – Good business is good policy Foreign military sales add to the bottom line and reinforce strategic goals.
Monthly Archives:: February 2009
DefenseTech – More BMD Capabilities Norman Polmar writes that the U.S. Navy’s Ballistic MissileDefense (BMD) force — based on Aegis-equipped missile cruisers and destroyers — is being increased.
Reuters – U.S. navy says no sign yet of new Iran naval bases The U.S. navy has no information that Iran has begun construction of planned new naval bases on the eastern approach to the Gulf.
The Economist – Waiting for another Titanic Antarctica has become an increasingly popular destination for the more adventurous tourist. In this year’s southern-hemisphere summer season, running from November to March, as many as 39,000 visitors are expected to make the trip from Tierra del Fuego, the nearest jumping-off point to the world’s emptiest continent. That [...]
BBC – Russia defends sinking cargo ship Russia has expressed its regret over the deaths of eight Chinese and Indonesian sailors whose ship was fired on by Russian forces.
Wall Street Journal – The Navy Has a Top-Secret Vessel It Wants to Put on Display Anybody want some top-secret seagoing vessels? The Navy has a pair it doesn’t need anymore. It has been trying to give them away since 2006, and they’re headed for the scrap yard if somebody doesn’t speak up soon.
BBC – Somali pirate patrol: Day five In the fifth instalment of his diary from the ship’s deck, the BBC’s correspondent asks whether such patrols can succeed in the troubled region.
BBC – Somali pirate patrol The BBC’s Jonah Fisher has joined British Royal Navy frigate HMS Northumberland as it patrols the Gulf of Aden in an EU taskforce to deter Somali pirates. This is his fourth entry. The first three are at the bottom of the article…
Virginian Pilot – Eisenhower deploys with a new directive: counter-piracy When last it was out to sea, the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower steamed into the waters off the Middle East, launching warplanes over Iraq and Afghanistan. On Saturday, more than two years after its last deployment, the carrier departed for a familiar [...]
Foreign Policy – The Axis of Upheaval Niall Ferguson writes that we should forget Iran, Iraq, and North Korea—Bush’s “Axis of Evil.” As economic calamity meets political and social turmoil, the world’s worst problems may come from countries like Somalia, Russia, and Mexico. And they’re just the beginning.
Virginian Pilot – Osprey heads out on Bataan for deployment Almost 20 years after its first test flight, and a decade since two fatal crashes grounded it, the Osprey is poised for its first full deployment with a Navy amphibious group.
AFP – US, China consider naval pact The US commander in the Pacific said China and the United States have started work on an agreement designed to avoid an accidental confrontation at sea.
Kyodo News Service – $6.5B Navy arms deal to Taiwan near complete The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin Corp. reached agreement this week on a $1.3 billion deal to refurbish a dozen P-3C antisubmarine aircraft for sale to Taiwan, the “last step” forward in a major arms deal stalled since 2007.
Virginian Pilot – Sailors tell how they captured suspected pirates After months of patrolling the busy shipping lanes that crisscross the region, and weeks of hunting for pirates aiming to hijack merchant ships for ransom, the crew of the USS Mahan knew this was no exercise…
Wired – Sweden Builds World’s First Stealth Ships The country that gave us Volvos, Saabs and ABBA has developed what it claims is the world’s first fully operational stealth ship that is essentially invisible to radar.
Virginian Pilot – Precision, support are key for pilots aboard the Roosevelt For pilots aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, the heightening conflict in Afghanistan has meant a busy, intense deployment since the ship left Norfolk in September for the Arabian Sea.
Los Angeles Times – Navy’s plan to deploy dolphins roils waters The Navy wants to use dolphins and sea lions to protect a Puget Sound submarine fleet, as the mammals do in Georgia. But opponents say the waters off Washington state are too cold for the animals.
BBC – Nuclear subs collide in Atlantic The ballistic missile submarines HMS Vanguard and Le Triomphant were badly damaged in a crash in the mid-Atlantic in heavy seas earlier this month. New York Times – French and British Submarines Collide The Times – French sub unaware it rammed Royal Navy vessel in mid-Atlantic nuclear crash
The Guardian – ‘Pashtunistan’ holds key to Obama mission The mountainous borderlands where Afghanistan meets Pakistan have been described as a Grand Central Station for Islamic terrorists, a place where militants come and go and the Taliban trains its fighters. Now Barack Obama has made solving the ‘Af-Pak’ question a top priority. But could the [...]
Daily Telegraph – War in Afghanistan ‘could be lost by summer’ The war against the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan will be lost by the end of the summer without dramatic changes in counter-insurgency strategy, according to John Nagl.