Virginian Pilot – Navy brings new $2.3 billion submarine to life in Norfolk It’s been months since shipbuilders tightened the final bolts and completed the last welds on the Navy’s newest fast-attack submarine, the New Mexico. But the final piece didn’t fall into place for the New Mexico’ s new Navy career until Saturday, when [...]
Monthly Archives:: March 2010
San Diego Union Tribune – Nimitz pilots waged a different war this time Navy fighter pilots flying over Afghanistan last fall and winter dropped fewer bombs than in the past, thanks to less-lethal battlefield orders from the top general there and better communication with people on the ground.
BBC – Sunk South Korea naval ship Cheonan ‘split in half’ The force of Friday’s mysterious explosion which sunk a South Korean naval ship appears to have split the vessel’s hull in two, officials say.
Virginian Pilot – Bataan on route home from Haiti After two and a half months in Haiti – longer than any other Navy ship deployed in support of the U.S. military’s relief mission there – the Norfolk-based Bataan has begun its journey home.
BBC: South Korean navy ship sinks near sea border with North About 40 sailors are missing after a South Korean navy ship sank near the border with North Korea.
Daily Telegraph – Naval battle between UAE and Saudi Arabia raises fears for Gulf security A naval clash in the Gulf has reignited fears over the security of the world’s most important shipping lanes and disputed oilfields.
Defense Technology International – Heck Of A Casino You Got There, Admiral Wu China’s aircraft carrier, the former Soviet Varyag, has left dry dock at Dalian shipyard.
BBC – UK opens centre to tackle security risks at sea A national control centre to help protect the UK’s interests at sea has been set up by the government.
Washington Post – On Guam, planned Marine base raises anger, infrastructure concerns This remote Pacific island is home to U.S. citizens who are fervent supporters of the military, as measured by their record of fighting and dying in America’s recent wars. But they are angry about a major military buildup here, which the government of [...]
Virginian Pilot – More ships to Florida? Navy may snub Hampton Roads on new combat ships As Hampton Roads’ leaders try to fend off plans to move a Norfolk-based aircraft carrier to Mayport, Fla., a top naval officer said the Florida base also has the upper hand to get another prize that Norfolk hoped to [...]
Defense Technology International – Canada’s Naval Gap Canada has a total of thirty-three warships and submarines doing everything a first-world Navy should be doing—patrolling its home coast, performing humanitarian missions in places like Haiti, and participating in the multinational Task Force 150 off the coast of Somalia and Yemen. But to hear the country’s top [...]
The Atlantic – Man Versus Afghanistan Robert D. Kaplan surveys the current situation in Afghanistan. He asks will General Stanley McChrystal be our deus ex machina in Afghanistan? Or just the latest commander to succumb to the impersonal forces of history and geography?
United States Naval Institute Proceedings – Got Sea Control? The United States and United Kingdom have the most powerful combined naval force on the planet. Does this mean we can control the seas where and when we want? Maybe not.
US Naval War College Review – Engaging Oceania The fourteen island nations of Oceania are weak by any traditional measure of state power. They are mostly small and poor, with zero military muscle and little diplomatic clout. On a map of the Pacific these microstates appear almost like tossed sand, widely dispersed and hardly noticeable [...]
US Naval Institute Proceedings – Finding Our Balance at Sea The U.S. Navy needs to restructure for all types of maritime conflict.
The Atlantic – Cyber Warriors When will China emerge as a military threat to the U.S.? In most respects the answer is: not anytime soon—China doesn’t even contemplate a time it might challenge America directly. But one significant threat already exists: cyberwar. Attacks—not just from China but from Russia and elsewhere—on America’s electronic networks cost [...]
US Naval Institute Proceedings – Fortress at Sea? The Carrier Invulnerability Myth America’s nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, especially in today’s irregular, asymmetric warfare climate, could be little more than slow-moving targets.
US Naval Institute Proceedings – Too Busy to Learn When the current wars begin to wind down, which they inevitably will, we need to take a closer look at reforming-possibly even by congressional mandate-professional military education (PME).
US Naval War College Review – Australia’s 2009 Defense White Paper – A Maritime Focus For Uncertain Times As a significant medium power in the Asia-Pacific region, Australia inescapably is a participant in the most politically, economically, and strategically dynamic part of the world. The region is a vast and politically complex area, one that [...]
Defense Technology International – Air-Sea Battle Bill Sweetman on the US Navy’s and US Air Force’s emerging concept of Air-Sea Battle.