New York Times – In Camouflage or Veil, a Fragile Bond A look at how female US Marines are trying to build bonds with Afghan women.
Monthly Archives:: May 2010
New York Times – When Afghans Seek Medical Aid, Tough Choice for U.S. C.J. Chivers on how the Marines provide medical care to the Afghani civilians.
Defense Technology International – Japan’s Deep Game in Okinawa Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is taking a beating from opponents of U.S. bases in Japan for reversing his decision on keeping a Marine Corps airbase on Okinawa. But his reward will be a substantially reinforced, air-launched, tactical ballistic and cruise missile defense for his island nation [...]
Washington Post – CBO says submarine program will be more expensive than Navy’s estimates The Navy’s new nuclear-missile submarine could cost, on average, about $1 billion more than the service projects, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Each submarine could cost about $8.2 billion, or almost 14 percent more than the Navy’s estimate of $7.2 [...]
Associated Press – Officials say Israel will stop flotilla for Gaza Israel’s navy will stop a flotilla heading for Gaza with 10,000 tons of supplies and pro-Palestinian activists intent on breaking a three-year blockade of Gaza, officials said Wednesday, in the first definitive Israeli pledge to stop the boats.
BBC – North Korea scraps South Korea military safeguard pact North Korea has announced it will scrap an agreement aimed at preventing accidental naval clashes with South Korea, amid rising tensions over the sinking of a South Korean warship.
Yomiuri Shimbun – Mega-China Changing Japan-China relations / Chinese Navy shows flag off Okinotorishima China’s rapid rise is causing ever-widening repercussions in its relationship with Japan.
Associated Press – Saunas, massages help Swedish sailors hunt pirates Pirate-hunting has come a long way since the Knights of Malta battled the Barbary Corsairs four centuries ago. Floggings, weevils and scurvy are out. Saunas, fresh bread and massages are in — at least aboard the Swedish warship Carlskrona, the flagship of the European Union’s [...]
Associated Press – Hezbollah says it will hit Israel ships in new war The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group warned Tuesday that his fighters would attack Israeli ships in the Mediterranean if the Jewish state imposes a sea blockade on Lebanon in any future war.
Defense Technology International – Team Spirit Revival The U.S. and South Korea will undertake new joint exercises in the wake of the sinking of the South Korean Cheonan frigate.
Defense Technology International – Indian Navy Sail Ship Back After Solo Circumnavigation NSV Mhadei returned to Mumbai harbor on May 22 after completing the first solo circumnavigation by an Indian of the Indian Navy.
Economist – Synthetic Biology: And man made life Artificial life, the stuff of dreams and nightmares, has arrived
Washington Post – Lack of prosecution poses challenge for foreign navies that catch Somali pirates For six weeks, two Navy warships have been cruising the Indian Ocean with some unwanted guests: 10 accused Somali pirates the U.S. government doesn’t know what to do with.
Washington Post – Japanese prime minister accepts Marine Corps air base in Okinawa Japanese Prime Minister Yukio announced Sunday that his country would abide by a 14-year-old agreement with the United States to move a Marine Corps air base in Okinawa in a significant breakthrough on an issue that has bedeviled the two allies and [...]
New York Times – In Afghan Fields, a Challenge to Opium’s Luster The annual Afghan opium harvest finished this month with production sharply down from last year, Afghan farmers and American military officers say. Now, growers and smugglers who had long been unchallenged here face tough choices created by the poor crop and new government [...]
Defense Technology International – Air-Sea Battle: The Other Future Tuesday morning, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments presented its report on the “air-sea battle” on Capitol Hill, introduced by Sens. Joe Lieberman and John Thune. The report and associated presentation are worth a detailed read. Let’s just say that the ideas are far reaching [...]
New York Times – In Ambush, a Glimpse of a Long Afghan Summer C.J. Chivers is back in Afghanistan with the US Marines. New York Times – Revisiting Combat Outpost Reilly
BBC – ‘North Korean torpedo’ sank South’s navy ship – report A North Korean submarine’s torpedo sank a South Korean navy ship on 26 March causing the deaths of 46 sailors, an international report has found. Economist – Their number is up Evidence that North Korea torpedoed the Cheonan puts it—and China—on the spot.
BBC – North Korea role in warship sinking ‘obvious’ South Korea’s foreign minister says it is “obvious” that North Korea sank a South Korean naval ship in March. Yu Myung-hwan said there was enough evidence to take the issue to the United Nations.
BBC – Somalia criticises US for putting pirate on trial A Somali official has criticised the US for prosecuting a man over a piracy incident off the Horn of Africa.