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Just a week after the horrific attack on ordinary citizens in Paris, the United States has been unequivocal in its support of our French allies. The motto of Paris is Fluctuat nec mergitur, which translates as “tossed but not sunk.” The crest of the city shows a ship in stormy waters. What an appropriate reflection of the strength and optimism that defines the spirit of a city that has endured so much in the last week. The tenacity of Parisians reminds me of that of New Yorkers after 9/11. Before this incident, I would have told you that the bonds… Read the rest of this entry »

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Please join us at 5pm on 22 November 2015 for Midrats Episode 307: Our Own Private Petard – Procurement & Strategy with Robert Farley This Sunday we are going to look at the big pixels that supports the entire national security infrastructure above it. Using his recent article in The National Interest, The Real Threat to America’s Military (And It’s Not China, Russia or Iran), we will tackle the greatest challenge of a world power – those things it has no one else to blame for. Procurement, strategy, and the choices we make. The run of the last 30 years… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Mark Tempest in Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, Policy, Strategy | 
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The citizens of our great country know little about the military, even less about what military members do, and scarcely are informed about the issues of the day. I did not serve in the military, but my kids do. All have served our country, whether in Teach for America or in the Navy. As I see it, most of my neighbors understand and appreciate service. Our volunteer fire companies are generally well manned. The Parent-Teacher Association and local service groups may have an ebb and flow, but they maintain a public presence, and my neighbors understand what they do. I… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Bill Asdal in History, Navy, Policy, Soft Power, Training & Education | 
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There is a gap in our national conversation when it comes to national security issues. Strip away the 24-hr news cycle and the hot topic of the day, that isn’t the conversation I am referring to. The gap we have is one that has been growing for over a half a decade as the war and those fighting it on the front lines have faded not just in numbers, but as part of what the citizens are talking about among themselves and what the sources they get their information from dedicate less time to covering. This fade has a variety… Read the rest of this entry »

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Please join us at 5 pm EST on 15 November 2015 for Midrats Episode 306: Author Claude Berube on his next book: Syren’s Song This Sunday for the full hour our guest will be author Claude Berube to discuss his second Connor Stark novel, Syren’s Song. From the Amazon page, “Syren’s Song is the second novel featuring Connor Stark, and it promises to be just as engaging as The Aden Effect. This geopolitical thriller begins when the Sri Lankan navy is unexpectedly attacked by a resurgent and separatist Tamil Tiger organization. The government issues a letter of marque to former… Read the rest of this entry »

M-60 main battle tanks are lined up in the staging area at the Dundalk Marine Terminal after being offloaded from the vehicle cargo/rapid response ship USNS ANTARES (T-AKR-294).  The tanks were used by the 32nd Separate Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Wisconsin Army National Guard, during Exercise Reforger '86.

“Hey 1980s! The second decade of the 21st century is on the POTS line, and they are wondering if they could make some copies of your stuff in the vault.” As history shows, most times you don’t pick a war – a war picks you. Of course, in a way, all wars are wars of choice. When faced with aggression, a people can always decide to surrender without a fight – or only after a token resistance. War is a test of national wills on many levels – big wars often result when one side misreads the national will of… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by CDRSalamander in Army, Hard Power, Navy, Soft Power, Strategy, Training & Education | 
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Please join us on Sunday, 8 Nov 2015 at 5pm EST (U.S.) for Midrats Episode 305: Fall Free For All It is that time of the year … time for a Fall Free For All on Midrats. No guests, no agenda, open phones, open topics, open mic. Join Sal from “CDR Salamander” and EagleOne from “Eaglespeak” for a full hour as we dive in to the national security topics of the day with a maritime bent – or whatever topics break above the background noise. This is your chance by calling in or by throwing it out in the live… Read the rest of this entry »

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The Navy’s knowledge of its own human terrain is like using a map of the world from the 14th Century. The Navy can do better. Before we get too far into the weeds on one possible way to improve our talent management in the Navy, we are doing a survey to better understand the detailing process. Its for all officers and can be reached here. And now back to your regularly scheduled programming. Wouldn’t you want $2.7 trillion more without a lot of effort? A recent study by McKinsey Global Institute was headlined with the following: Labor markets around the world haven’t kept… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by LT Mike Mabrey and LTJG Chris O'Keefe in Innovation, Navy, Policy, Training & Education | 
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This week, international news media has highlighted the transit of a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer near one of China’s man-made islands in the South China Sea. The media has been rife with speculation that this close encounter between the U.S. Navy and China was meant to provoke the Chinese military, and that it could represent a new level of cold-war style standoffs between the two countries. With respect to this event and recent others like it in the South and East China Seas, the United States has long maintained that it notifies China and the rest of the world… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Tom Baker in Foreign Policy, Hard Power, Navy, Soft Power | 
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General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. USMC
Commandant of the Marine Corps

Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, USN
Chief of Naval Operations

Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, USCG
Commandant of the Coast Guard

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Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.)
Chair of the Board of Directors, U.S. Naval Institute

America must reform its military doctrine and its force posture. We have drifted away from the kind of war that Americans support and can afford. We have failed to keep pace with change in global political, economic, and military reality. The prospects for the use of nuclear weapons have changed faster than our thinking about them. Uses of non-nuclear military force in the last half-century have taught us some very expensive lessons about the misuse of force. Our past mistakes and the changing nature of nuclear war need to be taken to heart. A domestic dimension of national security threat… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Steve F. Kime in Policy, Strategy | 
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