World Politics Review – The New Rules: ‘Hard Lessons’ from Iraq, for Afghanistan and Beyond Thomas P.M. Barnett writes that the recurring theme of “Hard Lessons,” the recent report by the office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, is that of somebody finally “taking charge.” The description is patently disproven, however, by the [...]
Monthly Archives:: July 2009
Virginian Pilot – Military kills mini-sub effort, repair cost too high The U.S. Special Operations Command has canceled its mini-submarine program, a project designed to deliver Navy commando s close to their target and protect them on the way. Northrop Grumman’s Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS) hit numerous hurdles since it was conceived in the [...]
Reuters – Pakistan says Indian submarine harms regional peace India’s launch of its first nuclear-powered submarine capable of carrying ballistic missiles is “detrimental to regional peace and stability,” Pakistan’s foreign ministry said, vowing to safeguard its own security.
DefenseTech – A New ‘Submarine’ Threat Norman Polmar writes that the increased use of semi-submersibles to bring drugs into the United States has raised the specter of similar craft being employed to transport terrorists, explosives, and elicit funds into the country. But the likelihood of terrorists going that route is extremely unlikely.
The Times – Patrolling the challenging landscape of Afghanistan with US Marines Two weeks into Operation Khanjar, their largest offensive of the Afghan war, American troops have grabbed a swath of territory in the southernmost districts of Helmand. But, as their commanders acknowledge, that is the easy part…
Esquire – The Long Walk: Afghanistan (and Its Future) as You’ve Never Seen It C.J. Chivers writes that eight years into the war we were compelled to wage, the ground mission in Afghanistan remains just as brutal as war there has been for centuries. And now, after years of inattention from Washington, this war begins [...]
Los Angeles Times – Israeli warships’ passage through Suez Canal causes a stir The mission prompts speculation that Israel sought to send a message about its military might to Iran and give the impression of close cooperation with Egypt against regional security threats.
Associated Press – French navy detects Comoros crash black boxes A French navy vessel has detected the black boxes of a Yemenia Airways plane that crashed into the Indian Ocean near the Comoros Islands.
Daily Press – Cracks found in USS Toledo Two cracks have been discovered on the hull of the USS Toledo, a potentially fatal flaw that could have led to water leaks and, ultimately, hull failure if the submarine submerged.
Virginian Pilot – Navy’s synthetic training allows it to stay ready As you read this, more than a dozen Navy ships and thousands of uniformed service members, military civilians and contractors are embarked on a major training exercise in the Persian Gulf. But thanks to synthetic training, no one has to leave their homeport.
Washington Post – Marines Face Stiff Taliban Resistance Marines pushing deep into a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province battled insurgents in a day of firefights around a key bazaar Sunday, as an operation designed as a U.S. show of force confronted resistance from Taliban fighters as well as constraints on supplies and manpower.
US Naval Institute Proeedings – The Contested Commons Two officials from the Office of the Secretary of Defense look at a changing and challenging world and what it means for the future of American power.
New York Times – A Fearless Activist in a Land of Thugs C.J Chivers remembers a fearless human rights investigator in Chechnya, Natalie Estemirova.
Weekly Standard – The Fleet That Has To Die: The Russian Navy’s “Irreversible Collapse” The reality now is that not only is the idea of Russia building and operating aircraft carrier battle groups an impossible dream, but just building enough new ships to replace those that are worn-out after decades of use is also not [...]
RIA Novosti – New Bulava missile test results in failure – Russian military A scheduled test of Russia’s new Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on July 15 was a failure.
RIA Novosti – Russia’s new nuclear sub completes first round of sea trials Russia’s newest Borey class strategic nuclear submarine, the Yury Dolgoruky, has completed the first round of sea trials and is returning to a shipyard in northern Russia.
Armed Forces Journal – Carrier culture shock As the Obama administration formulates its approach to national security policy, it would do well to start with reading “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower,” the Navy’s new maritime strategy. The document is at once a bold argument for a new direction in foreign and national security [...]
Jerusalem Post – IDF warships cross Suez Canal from Mediterranean to Red Sea Two Sa’ar-5 class Navy ships crossed through the Suez Canal Tuesday, to beef up Israel’s naval presence in the Red Sea. The passage of the ships comes several weeks after a Dolphin-class Navy submarine passed through the waterway for the first time.
Defense Technology International – Coast Guard National Security Cutter The U.S. Coast Guard’s newest vessel, the National Security Cutter Bertholf, was in the news a lot last week.
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.