Washington Post – Newly deployed Marines to target Taliban bastion Days after President Obama outlines his new war strategy in a speech Tuesday, as many as 9,000 Marines will begin final preparations to deploy to southern Afghanistan and renew an assault on a Taliban stronghold that slowed this year amid a troop shortage and political [...]
Monthly Archives:: November 2009
Los Angeles Times – Marines plow ahead with anti-poppy campaign in Afghan district The U.S. troops emphasize persuasion in trying to get farmers to change to other crops to keep drug money out of the Taliban’s hands. They’re also planning an assault on an insurgent stronghold.
Wall Street Journal – Soviets’ Afghan Ordeal Vexed Gates on Troop-Surge Plan The future of the war in Afghanistan was on the line as Gen. Stanley McChrystal met with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in a secret rendezvous at a Belgian airbase in August. Gen. McChrystal, the top Western commander in Afghanistan, pushed for more U.S. [...]
Washington Post – Holiday in Afghanistan Some troops get turkey, others get MREs, but everyone gets a tiny taste of Thanksgiving. With the Marines in Afghanistan.
St. Petersburg Times – Arrival of French Ship Fuels Debate Hundreds of St. Petersburg residents, many of them navy officers and shipbuilders, lined up in the fog on Wednesday to visit the French warship The Mistral, which arrived in the city on Monday and which the Russian military hopes to buy.
Daily Telegraph – US use sea lions in terrorism fight Sea lions are being trained to locate mines and detain suspicious divers in the fight against terrorism.
New Yorker – Defending the Arsenal In an unstable Pakistan, can nuclear warheads be kept safe?
PBS Frontline – Obama’s War Excellent documentary overview of the current situation in Afghanistan. You can read the Transcript but I also recommend you read the Interviews and Analysis.
Associated Press – French ship Russia wants to buy in St Petersburg A French amphibious assault ship like the one Russia hopes to buy arrived Monday in St. Petersburg, fueling concern in Georgia and other ex-Soviet nations that Russia is upgrading its navy to intimidate its neighbors.
Daily Telegraph – Japan to build fleet’s biggest helicopter destroyer to fend off China Japan is set to commission the largest destroyer to join its fleet in response to a Chinese military buildup.
Los Angeles Times – Marines in Afghanistan hear a plea: Don’t leave too soon Others in Helmand would like them to leave immediately. And frustrating to most involved, the work of U.S. forces to instill a sense of security and confidence in the government is going slowly.
The Atlantic – The Fall of the Wall Robert D. Kaplan says we may have gained victory in the Cold War, but lost Europe to apathy and decadence in the process.
New York Times – Air Defense Push Inspired by 9/11 Gets a 2nd Look The US may not be able to afford the cost of defending its skies…
BBC – UK ‘sorry’ for shooting at ‘Spanish flag’ buoy The UK has apologised to Spain after the Royal Navy used a buoy with the Spanish colours for target practice.
Defense Technology International – Astute Move The first of the Royal Navy’s Astute-class nuclear-powered attack submarines has finally made it to its home base only four year behind the original in-service date. The navy now intends accept HMS Astute into service in 2010.
Christian Science Monitor – Maersk Alabama: Should ships use armed guards to stop Somali pirates? Lethal or nonlethal weapons? The attack on the US-flagged Maersk Alabama reignites the debate over how to stop Somali pirates. Christian Science Monitor – Five new weapons the Maersk Alabama could use to foil pirates
Defense Technology International – Hot Hot Hot US Navy amphibious ships operating MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotors will need major structural repairs after less than half their planned service lives, according to a newly released Navy document, unless a new Deck Thermal Management System (DTMS) can be developed to protect the decks from exhaust heat. The only [...]
Associated Press – Maersk Alabama repels 2nd pirate attack with guns Somali pirates attacked the Maersk Alabama on Wednesday for the second time in seven months, though private guards on board the U.S.-flagged ship repelled the attack with gunfire and a high-decibel noise device.
Ottawa Citizen – Cold Call Security specialist says nuclear sub’s northern exposure sends a message that Canada should heed: Take Arctic claims seriously. (Thanks to Justin for the link!)
BBC – Drones scour the sea for pirates Sleek and sinister-looking, the latest weapon against piracy could have flown directly out of a science fiction film.