On War – Finis Bill Lind’s last column on Fourth Generation Warfare (for now…)
Monthly Archives:: December 2009
Reuters – Chinese admiral floats idea of overseas naval bases A Chinese rear admiral has urged the nation to set up navy supply bases overseas in an interview posted on the Ministry of Defense website after China paid ransom to free a ship held for nine weeks by Somali pirates.
New Yorker – How David Beats Goliath An interesting article by Malcolm Gladwell on how underdogs can triumph militarily.
Defense Technology International – Spanish Sub Fleet Back to Two, up from One Spain’s submarine fleet is beginning to regain operational capacity a year after the serious accident aboard the Tramontana in which water began infiltrating the hull while it was 300m deep and 15 nautical miles off the coast of Cartagena. The crew were [...]
US Naval War College Review – US Naval Options For Influencing Iran This article is intended to explore the range of options the U.S.Navy can provide to policymakers in developing a strategic approach to Iran.
US Naval Institute Proceedings – It Takes A Carrier: Naval Aviation and the Hybrid Fight Carriers still provide capability unmatched by any other weapon system in the U.S. arsenal.
Foreign Policy – The Strait Dope Why Iran can’t cut off your oil.
US Naval War College Review – The New Security Drama in East Asia: The Responses of US Allies and Security Partners to China’s Rise In the theater of East Asia, a geopolitical drama is unfolding. The growing presence of China in regional economic and security affairs—generically referred to as the “rise of China”—is changing interstate [...]
Armed Forces Journal – Off course The dark side of tracking all shipping: Pirates can do it too.
US Naval Institute Proceedings – Simulation: The (Almost) Real Thing Military simulation facilities have come a long way from even a few years ago. Many now are sophisticated enough to mimic real-life operations. Some are absolutely eye-popping. And they’ve become standard fixtures in the military.
The Atlantic – Why I Love Al Jazeera Robert D. Kaplan writes that the Arab TV channel is visually stunning, exudes hustle, and covers the globe like no one else. Just beware of its insidious despotism.
Radio Netherlands – Bleak Christmas for Dutch naval crew The crew of a Dutch Royal Navy frigate off the Somali coast is facing the prospect of a bleak Christmas this year. Instead of going home to enjoy the festive season with their families, they are stuck with 13 Somali prisoners on board with no country [...]
US Naval War College Review – Using the Land to Control the Sea? Chinese Analysts Consider the Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile For China, the ability to prevent a U.S. carrier strike group from intervening in the event of a Taiwan Strait crisis is critical. Beijing’s immediate strategic concerns have been defi ned with a high level [...]
US Naval War College Review – China’s Antiship Ballistic Missile: Developments and Missing Links China’s pursuit of an antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) has been called a potential “game changer,” a weapon that could single-handedly shift the strategic balance with the United States. A retired U.S. Navy rear admiral asserted as early as 2005 that an [...]
Information Dissemination – EU Looking The Wrong Direction A look at just how much the EU piracy patrol is costing off of Somalia – the cost is staggering…
Wall Street Journal – Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they need to evade or monitor U.S. military operations. Wall Street Journal – Officers Warned of Flaw in U.S. Drones in 2004
BBC – Vietnam orders submarines and warplanes from Russia Vietnam has signed billion-dollar contracts to buy submarines and fighter jets from Russia, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has announced in Moscow.
The Atlantic – The Bear Still Has Teeth Robert D. Kaplan writes that as the Obama administration’s recent scrapping of plans for an Eastern European missile defense system makes clear, while Poland and the Czech Republic may be our allies, it is mighty Russia to whom we are wise to defer.
New York Review of Books – Who’s in Big Brother’s Database? James Bamford reviews a history of the National Security Agency. The most interesting part: “…Instead, what the agency needs most, Aid says, is more power. But the type of power to which he is referring is the kind that comes from electrical substations, not [...]
New York Times – In Shift, U.S. Talks to Russia on Internet Security The United States has begun talks with Russia and a United Nations arms control committee about strengthening Internet security and limiting military use of cyberspace.