naval base

There are very few readers of USNIBlog who believe that we have an adequately sized fleet – especially those readers coming back from an 8, 9, or 11-month deployment. Sure, we may debate what types of ships should count towards or make up that fleet, but the bottom line number? No, few think we are where we need to be, much less that we should have a smaller one. That does not mean that in the general conversation about the right size and composition of the USA’s national security apparatus, there isn’t a body of thought that not only is… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by CDRSalamander in Navy | 
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Xue Long

This week, the Wall Street Journal and several other news outlets reported that a small Chinese naval flotilla was operating off the Alaskan coast in the Bering Sea. Some reports have indicated that the flotilla includes three frigate/destroyer platforms, an oiler and an amphib. Although their impromptu visit coincides with President Obama’s trip to Alaska, the timing and presence of the Chinese navy in the Bering has raised a lot of questions. For one thing, China and Alaska are not very close to each other. Dutch Harbor, in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, is approximately 3,800 miles northeast of Shanghai, in another… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by LT Tom Baker in Coast Guard, Hard Power, Navy, Soft Power | 


September 2015


DCK Motto Faith Without Fear...

  Odessa, Ukraine, is known as the “Pearl of the Black Sea.” As the Commander of the US Sixth Fleet, I was in this beautiful city for the opening ceremony of Sea Breeze 2015, a two week, multi-national maritime exercise co-hosted by the US and Ukraine. The choice of locations reiterated the purpose of the exercise, to promote security and stability within a region where these goals are under threat. The commitment of likeminded nations to these common goals becomes increasingly important in time of crisis. The size of the exercise speaks for itself: eleven nations (Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by VADM James Foggo in Foreign Policy, Hard Power, Maritime Security, Navy, Strategy | 
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There is a lot more going on in the arctic than a visit by President Obama over the course of the last week. No reason to comment on some of the photo ops, but let’s look at the one item of substance he brought forward in to the discussion; President Obama on Tuesday proposed speeding the acquisition and building of new Coast Guard icebreakers that can operate year round in the nation’s polar regions, part of an effort to close the gap between the United States and other nations, especially Russia, in a global competition to gain a foothold in the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by CDRSalamander in Coast Guard, Foreign Policy | 
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meehan post

On Inevitable Sickness: 5 November 1943 Dear Mom, When in Rome, speak as the Romans’ – The Indians always have to have some ailment or other – or their friends get suspicions that they’re getting something extra to eat. So I got Malaria. The first couple of days I was hot and cold in relays – since then I’ve felt fine – but a little weak. I don’t think they’ll let me out of the hospital for another week yet. I haven’t received any of the Air Mail packages you sent – I’ll let you know as soon as I… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by LT Meredith Meehan in History, Navy | 
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The Way It Was

September 2015


The author, left, with two of her sea sisters in Newport, RI in April.

Having just finished two glorious weeks in Coronado at Helicopter Control Officer school in March 1999, my first time in San Diego, I hadn’t had the time nor the mental capacity to fully prepare to embark on what was about to become the two most difficult years of my life. Ever. In retrospect, I really had no way of knowing it at the time. I joined the Navy to see the world. Early on during service selection night, the second of only two female billets available on board USS La Salle, the then-U.S. 6th Fleet flag ship homeported out of… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Suzanna Brugler in Navy | 

The Road You Take

September 2015



When you look in the mirror, are you satisfied with who you see? Are you one of those military officers who won’t speak out when you know something isn’t quite right because you don’t want to make waves? While these may seem like philosophical questions, no matter how junior you are or how long you have been in the military, if you don’t question your values and consider what you would be willing to sacrifice to take a stand, chances are you are going to miss the boat. The ultimate choice you will have to make in your tenure as… Read the rest of this entry »

OCS Summer Charlie Co

“The Few, The Proud, The Marines. Only a small percentage of the US population can become Marines and even fewer than that are women.” Just seeing that recruiting slogan makes me beam. I am proud to be part of such an elite group. However, being a part of an elite group means that the circle is small. What they don’t tell you on the recruiting poster is that once you are part of the elite group, you will have a heck of a time trying to find a mentor. The first person I met at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by GySgt JoAnna Mendoza in Marine Corps, Policy | 
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info usni

The laws and norms surrounding the movement of economic goods across geopolitical boundaries are well-defined. By contrast, the ability to create and manipulate information has become ubiquitous and robust legal frameworks governing how state actors, individuals, and institutions interact with the information ecosystem do not yet exist. This creates risk and opportunity for state and non-state actors looking to devise new information manipulation tactics and make claims on this evolving space. Information control has always been a key component of strategy; however the current speed of evolution provides an advantage to potential disruptors, who do not have sunk costs in… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by LTJG Kat Dransfield & Dr. Maura Sullivan in Cyber, Innovation, Navy, Policy, Training & Education | 
stokes usni

If you look up the word “equalist” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, you will not find it. As I write this article, the word is underlined in red squiggles which, interestingly, not only highlights its grammatical inaccuracy, but also its significance on the page. Urban Dictionary defines the word as “one who defends the rights of all, without discriminating against the opposition’s rights.” I look at myself and see an equalist. I also see a First Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps, a leader in my local community, a lover of people, and a woman. I do not need to… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Susannah Rose Stokes in Marine Corps, Policy, Training & Education | 
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