Foreign Affairs – The Soviet Victory That Never Was Could the Soviet Union have won its war in Afghanistan? Today, the victory of the anti-Soviet mujahideen seems preordained as part of the West’s ultimate triumph in the Cold War. To suggest that an alternative outcome was possible — and that the United States has something [...]
Monthly Archives:: January 2010
New York Times – Shave Every Day. Shower Every Two Months. CJ Chivers with the Marines in Afghanistan.
Defense Technology International – The Tenth Fleet The U.S. Navy will stand up its cyber operations unit, the so-called Tenth Fleet, this week.
Virginian Pilot – Navy sued to halt training near endangered whales Environmental groups sued the Navy on Thursday to halt plans for an offshore training range that they fear would threaten endangered right whales, which migrate to nearby waters off Georgia and Florida each winter.
New York Times – The Hidden Dangers of Helmand Province, Part II More from CJ Chivers with the Marines in Afghanistan.
Sea Power – 2010 Almanac Highlights – Status of the US Coast Guard The status of the US Coast Guard as of January 2010.
New York Times – In Digital Combat, U.S. Finds No Easy Deterrent On a Monday morning earlier this month, top Pentagon leaders gathered to simulate how they would respond to a sophisticated cyberattack aimed at paralyzing the nation’s power grids, its communications systems or its financial networks. The results were dispiriting. The enemy had all [...]
New York Times – The Hidden Dangers of Helmand Province, Part I. More from CJ Chivers with the Marines in Afghanistan.
Virginian Pilot – Crew bonds with Haitians through karaoke, Cheez-Its, church Aboard the USS Bataan.
Sea Power – 2010 Almanac Highlights – Status of the US Marines The status of the US Marine Corps as of January 2010.
New York Times – Foot on Bomb, Marine Defies a Taliban Trap On patrol with CJ Chivers and Marines in Afghanistan.
New York Times – Welcome to ‘The Mansion’ With CJ Chivers and the Marines at Combat Outpost Sullivan, the home in Helmand Province for much of Weapons Company, First Battalion, Third Marines.
Associated Press – US Marines end role in Iraq The U.S. Marine Corps wrapped up nearly seven years in Iraq on Saturday, handing over duties to the Army and signaling the beginning of an accelerated withdrawal of American troops as the U.S. turns its focus away from the waning Iraqi war to a growing one [...]
Chronicle Herald – Still a long way to go Canadian sailors and soldiers have established a beachhead of hope in the port city of Jacmel, cleaning up, delivering aid, medical care and even toys, and laying the groundwork for a more ambitious effort in the weeks ahead. Sailors from HMCS Halifax and members of DART, [...]
BBC – US Navy keen to show its sensitive side in Haiti We are in Cassagne, an impoverished rural hamlet which felt the full force of the earthquake. Flying in on a marine helicopter, I witnessed Mother Nature’s grim lottery: some houses untouched by the tremor, alongside homes completely flattened. A community in need at [...]
Virginian Pilot – In a Haitian village of 10,000, five local sailors find a way ahead Navy Lt. Joel Castillo pulled a notebook from under his arm Friday afternoon and studied his list: The main water distillery broke down during the earthquake. The biggest church in town is half-collapsed and the rubble is blocking roads. [...]
Virginian Pilot – On the Bataan in Haiti, need arrives in waves When the Bataan left Norfolk Naval Station for Haiti eight days ago, its doctors and corpsmen knew they’d be treating casualties of the magnitude-7 earthquake of Jan. 12. But they weren’t expecting so many so fast.
Air Force – A Specter Haunts the Carrier The growing threat posed by China, not to mention political woes, has shaken up the US Navy.
Economist – China’s assertiveness at sea: Choppy Waters East and south, China makes a splash.
The Times – US to increase troops in Haiti by a third as rescue teams pull back The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the USS Nassau Amphibious Ready Group will join the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit and the USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group who are already in Haiti.