StrategyPage – Reapers Go Searching For High Seas Pirates The U.S. is going base some Reaper UAVs and P-3 maritime patrol aircraft on the Seychelles islands, to search for Somali pirates operating far from their bases.
Monthly Archives:: August 2009
New York Times – A War Won Less by Force Than by Persuasion? CJ Chivers comments upon the latest counterinsurgency guidance for the American and international units fighting the Afghan war that was released this week.
Defense Technology International – Russia Surprises France with Mistral Announcement Russia is considering buying at least one French-built Mistral-class helicopter landing dock.
World Politics Review – The New Rules: The Evolution of the U.S. Military Thomas P.M. Barnett on the new basing reality for the US military.
Associated Press – Pirates fire on US helicopter Somali pirates holding a hijacked ship off the coast of Somalia fired at a U.S. Navy helicopter as it made a surveillance flight over the vessel, the first such attack by pirates on an American military aircraft.
The Times – Russia says it tracked hijacked Arctic Sea all along, but questions grow over cargo Russia’s top general hinted today that the ship allegedly hijacked by pirates earlier this month may have been carrying a secret cargo, as it emerged that the country’s Navy tracked the vessel throughout its journey.
PTI – Navy grounds entire Sea Harrier jet fleet after recent crash The Indian Navy has grounded the entire Sea Harrier fighter jet fleet against the backdrop of one of the aircraft crashing off Goa last week, rendering its lone aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, without its aerial firepower.
Discovery News – ‘Cloak of silence’ tech could hide submarines A new invisibility cloak for sound could help doctors find tiny tumors or hide submarines from enemy sonar. (Thanks to Justin for the pointer…)
New York Times – Marines Fight Taliban With Little Aid From Afghans Lack of support from Afghan officials has hindered US Marine efforts to win over residents in a region where the Taliban remain a menacing presence.
Virginian Pilot – Four subs examined for troubles with bolts The US Navy said Friday it is investigating mechanical problems involving bolts in the torpedo rooms of four Virginia-class submarines built at Northrop Grumman’s shipyard.
The Economist – Splashing, and clashing, in murky waters Private security firms are increasingly involved in the fight against pirates. The allocation of tasks between them and navies needs some thought.
The Atlantic – The Wrong Man for the Job Robert D. Kaplan on how Obama’s new ambassador to Iraq is a star diplomat—but has no experience in the Arab world. Why Christopher Hill is a bad choice.
Washington Post – Pentagon Worries Led to Command Change How General McKiernan’s ouster reflected new realities in Afghanistan – and Washington.
BBC – Russia detains ship ‘hijackers’ Eight people have been arrested for hijacking the cargo ship Arctic Sea, Russia’s defence minister says.
BBC – Russia ‘finds missing cargo ship’ Russia says it has found a missing cargo vessel near the Cape Verde islands and retrieved its Russian crew.
Newsweek – ‘Chimerica’ is Headed for Divorce Niall Ferguson on the souring relationship between the US and China.
BBC – ‘Ransom demand’ for missing ship Finnish police say a ransom demand has been made for a missing Russian-manned cargo vessel, the Arctic Sea. AFP – NATO, Russia join forces in hunt for missing ship
BBC – Missing ship ‘found’ off Africa A missing ship with 15 Russian crew members on board has been spotted more than two weeks after it disappeared.
Washington Post – In Afghanistan, A Test of Tactics The new U.S. strategy for Afghanistan, as articulated in military headquarters and congressional hearing rooms, puts the emphasis not on killing Taliban fighters but on winning over the local people. But in this highly contested swath of Helmand province, US Marine Corps Sgt. Anibal Paz’s squad [...]
BBC – Russian navy joins hunt for ship Russia’s navy has been deployed to find a ship reportedly hijacked three weeks ago in the Baltic Sea.