UK Ministry of Defence – Royal Navy Sea Kings ‘bag’ intelligence over Helmand The Royal Navy’s unique airborne surveillance and control helicopters, known as ‘Baggers’, have recently deployed to Helmand in Afganistan for the first time, where they are detecting, following and intercepting insurgent activity. (Thanks to Justin for the pointer…)
Monthly Archives:: September 2009
Reuters – A Call to Allow Women to Serve on Submarines Top Pentagon officials are calling for an end to the military’s historical ban on allowing women to serve in submarines.
BBC – Navy seizes cocaine ‘worth £240m’ The Royal Navy says it has seized its largest haul of cocaine, with an estimated street value of £240m.
New York Review of Books – A Black and Disgraceful Site A review of the book “Island of Shame: The Secret History of the US Military Base on Diego Garcia.” An interesting take on the history of Diego Garcia as a US base in the Indian Ocean.
The Diplomat – Why China Military Watchers Got It Wrong The publication last month of a monograph by the RAND Corporation, which dramatically overturns longstanding assumptions about the defense of Taiwan, should make sobering reading for US policymakers.
Defense Technology International – German and Greek Tiff Over Submarines Germany and Greece are having words over the decision early this week by Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft (HDW) GmbH, the ThyssenKrupp (TKMS) unit that makes Germany’s non-nuclear submarines, to cancel two submarine contracts with the Greek Defense Ministry because it has not been paid €524 million [...]
Washington Post – McChrystal: More Forces or ‘Mission Failure’ The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them, the eight-year conflict “will likely result in failure.” Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal says emphatically: [...]
The Times – Britain’s nuclear overture – we will cut Trident fleet Prime Minister Gordon Brown is preparing to surrender one of Britain’s four Trident submarines to help to cut nuclear arsenals around the world.
US Naval Institute Proceedings – To Fight and Save The modernization of the U.S. Coast Guard must include instilling the guardian ethos espoused by Commandant Admiral Thad Allen.
Air Force – Fighting Under Missile Attack The Air Force hasn’t thought about air base defense for a while. Now, things are changing. A look at how China could strike first at US air bases in the Pacific.
US Naval Institute Proceedings – Getting Inside their Heads Mounting psychological and behavioral problems are a growing concern for the military as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq enter their ninth year.
DefenseTech – Cross Strait Relations Changing Norman Polmar downplays the threat of war between China and Taiwan.
Wall Street Journal – Sea-Based Missiles to Target a Redefined Threat The U.S. plans to deploy sea-based SM-3 interceptor missiles in 2011 as part of its plan to rely on a mix of small, relatively inexpensive defensive systems to counter an evolving Iranian threat. The White House confirmed Thursday that it would abandon efforts to [...]
The Times – Arctic Sea ‘arms ship’ has been cruising off West African coast The mystery of the hijacked cargo ship allegedly carrying missiles to Iran deepened yesterday when it emerged that, far from limping back to a Russian port as the Kremlin had claimed, the vessel had been cruising around the Canary Islands.
US Naval Institute Proceedings – Heavy Weather Ahead for the Coast Guard Aging cutters, budgets stretched too thin, and ever-expanding requirements are pushing the service to a moment of truth.
Associated Press – Russia to Detain Georgian Ships Off Abkhazia Russia heightened tensions with Georgia Tuesday by warning that it will detain Georgian ships entering the territorial waters of Abkhazia, a breakaway province allied with Moscow.
DefenseTech – A Threat to America Or? Norman Polmar on the two Russian nuclear-propelled attack submarines that appeared off the U.S. East Coast.
BBC – Underwater laser pops in navy ops US military researchers are developing a method for communication that uses lasers to make sound underwater.
Economist – Attack of the drones Smaller and smarter unmanned aircraft are transforming spying and redefining the idea of air power.
Daily Telegraph – Incoming Tokyo government threatens split with US A split is emerging between the United States and Japan over the new Tokyo government’s anti-globalisation rhetoric and its threats to end a refueling agreement for US ships in support of the war in Afghanistan.