Reuters – Sri Lanka navy kills 26 rebels in ocean gunfight Sri Lanka’s navy killed 26 Tamil Tigers and destroyed four boats during a six-hour sea battle on Monday on the coast just off the sliver of land where the separatists are fighting a final stand.
Monthly Archives:: March 2009
Virginian Pilot – After shaky start, ship gets its sea legs The maiden voyage of the San Antonio could be summed up in a few words: Deployment. Breakdown. Repair. Loss. Pirates. And the crew, steaming home to Norfolk on Friday from a seven-month deployment to the Middle East, would add another: vindication.
RIA Novosti – Russia wants up to 10 submarines in Black Sea Fleet Russia’s Black Sea Fleet must have 8-10 submarines in active service and the Navy plans to commission new Lada class vessels to meet the requirement.
Small Wars Journal – Crunch Time in Afghanistan-Pakistan Counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen analyzes the current state of affairs in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Washignton Post – Japan Readies Missile Defense System Japan ordered its military on Friday to destroy a North Korean missile or its debris, if the launch fails and falling pieces of the rocket seem to imperil Japanese territory. Japan ordered two destroyers equipped with American-built Aegis anti-missile systems into the Sea of Japan, and said [...]
BBC – Russian ‘Arctic military’ plan Russia has announced plans to set up a military force to protect its interests in the Arctic.
ITAR-TASS – Russia to build 6 nuclear subs with long-range cruise missiles Russia will build at least six multipurpose nuclear-powered submarines with long-range cruise missiles for the Navy.
Defense and the National Interest – Tactics Over Strategy Again? Bill Lind’s analysis of the recent run in between the U.S. surveillance ship Impeccable and the Chinese Navy.
The Times – Introducing the axis of upheaval Niall Ferguson writes that the financial crisis is bad enough; but combined with empires in decline and ethnic disintegration, it is a recipe for disaster.
Defense Technology International – Audacious Statement Building the fourth of what is now anticipated to be a seven-boat Astute-class submarine fleet is now underway. First delivery of the class – delayed by around four years – has yet to be confirmed.
BBC – Sub deaths caused by ‘failures’ An explosion which killed two British submariners was caused by “systemic failures”, a coroner has ruled.
AFP – China tells Japan it wants aircraft carrier China will not remain the world’s only major nation without an aircraft carrier indefinitely, state press Monday cited the nation’s defence minister as telling his Japanese counterpart.
Washington Post – A Conversation With David Kilcullen Counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen on the current situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan…
Defense Technology International – What Fighters Do Bill Sweetman, editor of Defense Technology International, shares his PowerPoint presentation entitled “Fighters in the Long War” that explains the relevance of the manned fighter aircraft as a weapon in the 21st century. An extremely well thought out presentation from a dean of military aviation… The presentation is [...]
Esquire – Obama’s New Map of the World Thomas P.M. Barnett writes that as he assumes leadership of this freaked-out world, the success of our new president’s foreign policy — and presidency — will depend on the thinking he does inside the box.
Los Angeles Times – In It Together Part 5 The fifth and final part of a series by David Zucchino following 3 friends through boot camp to deployment and back. They joined on the buddy program with high hopes. It’s been a hard road.
Los Angeles Times – In It Together Part 4 Part 4 of a series by David Zucchino following 3 friends through boot camp to deployment and back. They’ve learned to take lives. Now the friends will risk their own.
Los Angeles Times – In It Together Part 3 Part 3 of a series by David Zucchino following 3 friends through boot camp to deployment and back. Thirteen weeks of boot camp put Daryl, Daniel and Steven through grueling challenges. They learn how to focus, how to kill a man, how to ignore pain.
Los Angeles Times – In It Together Part 2 Part 2 of a series by David Zucchino following 3 friends through boot camp to deployment and back. Three best friends headed off as Daniel, Daryl and Steven. Now they’ll all answer to ‘Recruit!’
Foreign Policy – China wages maritime “lawfare” China’s bold and dangerous maneuvers against the USNS Impeccable, a U.S. Navy military survey vessel that was operating about 120 km from the island of Hainan in the East China Sea, is the latest salvo in China’s ongoing campaign to upset traditional notions of freedom of navigation in [...]