MC3 B. Siens UPDATED: Correct time for the show is 5pm EST. Please join us at 5:00pm on 3 Jan 2016 for Midrats Episode 313: Fleet Architecture and Strategic Efficiency with Barney Rubel discussing How do you balance cost, risk, peacetime habits and wartime requirements in designing and using the world’s largest Navy? MC2 Aidan P. Campbell How do we maximize the most the utility of our platforms now, and create a future fleet best suited for what is coming up? “Sea Control Ship” (1972 design) Our guest for the full hour to discuss will be Barney Rubel, CAPT, USN… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Mark Tempest in Hard Power, Maritime Security, Navy | 
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What should be on every navalist’s “Top-5” list for 2015 should be the re-awakening of the Russian Navy to the international stage. It has been building for awhile, but it took Syria to have it break above the ambient noise for many. Some of the best writing has been of the curious and interested variety with a raised eyebrow or two, but unfortunately, some in the general press has been a bit alarmist. Though I don’t blame him for the title, David Axe’s article at the DailyBeast, U.S. Fears Grow of a ‘Newly Awakened’ Russian Navy, is a more benign… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by CDRSalamander in Hard Power, Naval Institute, Policy, Strategy | 
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flag officers

The January 2016 issue of Proceedings is out, and it contains a well-intentioned essay from Captain Kevin Eyer, USN (ret) on “How to Make Flag.” It is an honest reflection of what many see as the way to achieve the storied rank of Admiral. There are certainly no shortages of literature out there about how to rise to the top in your profession, from do-it-yourself guides to self-reflection pieces by leaders. In the Navy, we are often told about the sanctity of the Golden Path and the sacred nature of the MILPERSMAN. These are our “how-to” guides to get that… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by LT Roger Misso in Innovation, Navy, Policy, Training & Education | 

            CIMSEC Topic Weeks have always been an excellent way to engage our community of defense and foreign policy professionals and academics to highlight issues that deserve greater attention. CIMSEC’s upcoming topic weeks will be listed well in advance in this post to give our prospective authors more lead time to develop their ideas and contribute superb publications. Expect subsequent announcements at the beginning of each month listing specific dates and deadlines for individual topic weeks. January: The Littoral Arena The littorals only constitute around 15 percent of the world’s oceanic expanse, yet 60 percent of… Read the rest of this entry »

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AA Christmas Tree

Question: What do you get when you combine ballistic missile defense technology imported from Moorestown, New Jersey, with a former Soviet-Bloc Air Base in Deveselu, Romania? Answer: The beginning of the next phase of a 135-year bilateral relationship with Romania and a brand new Aegis Ashore site designed to provide for the ballistic missile defense of NATO Allies in Europe. Deveselu is part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach and the newest responsibility of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet. The drive southeast of Craiova, Romania takes you through what has rightly been called Europe’s breadbasket. At harvest time, the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by VADM James Foggo in Aviation, Foreign Policy, Navy, Soft Power, Strategy | 
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The USA can’t do it all in WESTPAC, and we shouldn’t do it all. When it comes to regional security, the USA does have comparative advantage compared to some of our friends and allies, specifically economic power, and technology. They have comparative advantages in geographic location and manpower. If we can combine our advantages in to the right package, there is more then enough there to give China pause in her expansionist ambitions. Over at The National Interest, Jerry Hendrix is thinking about this and thinking right; There is a Goliath menacing the western Pacific. China’s construction of three huge… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by CDRSalamander in Hard Power, Navy, Soft Power, Strategy | 
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It might be chic to paraphrase Yoda during the week of the Star Wars premiere, but perhaps it is time for our Navy to channel his teachings. Admiral Hyman Rickover is famous for being the father of our Nuclear Navy. His antics are legend today. The force of both his personality and his intellect cemented the Navy’s contribution to our nation’s strategic nuclear deterrent in a way that perhaps no other individual will ever match. For his Nuclear Navy, Rickover was fond of saying, “Trust…but verify.” While that phrase may have achieved some success in the nuclear community, its misuse in other… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by LT Roger Misso in Navy, Policy, Strategy, Training & Education, Uncategorized | 

December 20th marked our first month as Naval Innovation Advisory Council fellows, stationed in Silicon Valley. Imagine an aviator and a SWO standing at the doorstep of Silicon Valley; it has been an experience akin to Alice’s entry into wonderland. As we’ve been exposed to several corporate cultures centered on innovation, one theme continues to prevail: TRUST. Trust requires vulnerability and leads to profound mutual respect. With trust comes openness, and with openness comes true innovation. Without trust, the best ideas remain close to people’s chests. With openness, people are more apt to engage in difficult conversations, an essential component… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by LCDR Drew Barker & LT Kristen Wheeler in Innovation, Marine Corps, Navy, Policy, Training & Education | 
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After the Russian moves in to the Crimea, there was a fair bit of goofing at the old Russia hands in the Pentagon who were excited after years of being ignored, shuffling around the halls waving dusty Harvard Graphics slides to anyone they met – but that cute phase is long past. Almost everyone appreciates that, while not the Soviet Union, the Russian bear still demands respect. Encouraged by their victory over the USA in the strategic direction in Syria – expect Russia to continue to push the envelope of their regional influence back to her traditional boundaries. In line… Read the rest of this entry »

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MP3 Poulin

“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible.” -President Dwight D. Eisenhower Character is the most fundamental and indispensable quality of leadership. As junior officers, we serve as a critical link between the enlisted sailors and senior officers. Without the vital component of steadfast moral integrity, our ability to accomplish the mission would be severely degraded. Too often we have seen the results of epic failures in an individual’s character. These events erode the public trust in our military, but more importantly, it erodes the trust our enlisted men and women have in… Read the rest of this entry »

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