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Please join us on 10 Jan 2015 at 5pm (U.S. EST) for Midrats Episode 314: 6th Anniversary Expanded Panel on One Question: Yes Shipmates … we are now in our 6th year of Midrats! To mark the day, we are going to have a radically different format as a thank you gift to our listeners. The focus of the show today is one question; “Where do you see as the most critical thing to watch for Navy and Marine Corp issues in 2016.” To get the answer, we are bringing on a series of prior guests one at a time… Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by Mark Tempest in Marine Corps, Navy, Podcasts, Strategy, Training & Education | 
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ANNAPOLIS, MD --6/30/11-Today is Induction Day at the United States Naval Academy for the Class of 2015. Plebes read the Reef Points booklet- things they need to learn this summer like ranks and the mission of the USNA- as they wait in line before going through the "courtesies and customs" training. That training includes standing at attention, saluting, and wearing the "dixie cup" head cover. {Photos by Sun Photographer, Algerina Perna} md-usna-induction-p1-perna

One of the United States Naval Academy’s primary objectives is to develop not just leaders, but leaders of character. The honor program seeks to inculcate ethical behavior by immersing Midshipmen in an environment where lying, cheating, and stealing are not tolerated, in hopes that this culture will follow graduates into the fleet. But does the Naval Academy’s ethical development curriculum work? Right now, the Naval Academy has only one metric to help answer that question: honor offenses (lying, cheating, or stealing). If honor offenses go down, it is assumed that the current policies are working. And if honor offenses go… Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by LTJG Sean Lavelle in Marine Corps, Navy, Training & Education | 
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We have a new CNO, and now we have his view of where he sees the Navy and where he wants us to go; A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority. Let’s do something a bit different and go through it together. I don’t feel like crafting a broad overview, and I don’t want to Fisk the document either. Let’s go Old School blogger and put this together as I read it. Before we get started at page 1, let’s define what it is not. If you are looking for a strategy paper, then this is not the publication you are looking for. You… Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by CDRSalamander in Navy, Policy | 
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 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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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 | 
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            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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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 | 
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