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Every foreign hostage killed or executed by ISIL since August 2014 shared something in common: they were marginal figures operating in the precarious environment faced by aid workers and journalists working in Syria. Just over one year ago, the first Western hostage, James Foley, was executed by ISIL. The American journalist was executed on 19 August 2014, the very day designated[i] by the General Assembly to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. The date coincides with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. These hostages fit a… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Holly Hughson in Soft Power | 
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The day I was issued my first Coast Guard uniform, I learned that I would need to make due with any size that that I was given. I was 17 years old and I had graduated from high school just two weeks before swearing in as swab at the United States Coast Guard Academy. Weighing 103 pounds at a height of 5 feet and 2 inches, I was easily the smallest person in my platoon. The day that we were issued Operational Dress Uniforms, a dark blue cargo pant and long-sleeve blouse, I was informed that they were out of… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Tenley Lozano in Coast Guard, Policy | 
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110224-N-7863V-9428 RENO, Nev. (Feb. 24, 2011) Rear Adm. Wendi Carpenter, Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command, is surrounded by Naval aviators and air crewman attending the 22nd Women in Aviation Conference in Reno, Nev.  The conference hosts over 3,000 people involved in the aviation industry and provides a great opportunity for networking, mentoring and recruiting.  U.S. Navy photo by Public Affairs Officer Lt. j.g. Kristine Volk. (Released)

Coming from the private sector I was struck by the conspicuous lack of female voices participating in SECNAV’s Taskforce Innovation (TFI). Women currently constitute less than 10% of The Hatch innovation crowdsourcing community and innovation organizations like the CNO’s Rapid Innovation Cell (CRIC) have been overwhelmingly male. The women involved in TFI have provided a disproportionately large contribution in terms of content, commitment, and ability to catalyze larger networks, highlighting the need to cultivate more women innovators. The value of women innovators has been demonstrated in the private sector, where according to a Kauffman Foundation report women technology entrepreneurs achieve… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Dr. Maura Sullivan in Innovation, Marine Corps, Navy, Policy, Training & Education | 
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Let’s face it – we’ve all had to make hard decisions under the pressures of fatigue and stress. But, is that what Navy sailors do on a daily basis just to survive, even in times of peace? Research has shown time and time again that sleep deprivation can have the effects akin to being intoxicated. While there have been numerous studies that alert naval leaders to the dangers of sleep deprivation, I would be hard pressed to name one sea command that has actually done something to address this issue. Until now. Having just completed my department head tours on… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by LCDR Katie Jacobson in Merchant Marine, Navy, Policy | 
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Good Sunday morning of Women in Writing Week! This article originally appeared at CIMSEC. It is cross-posted here with the author’s permission. On August 4th, the Russian Federation’s Foreign Ministry reported that it had resubmitted its claim to a vast swath (more than 1.2 million square kilometers, including the North Pole) of the rapidly changing and potentially lucrative Arctic to the United Nations. In 2002, Russia put forth a similar claim, but it was rejected based on lack of sufficient support. This latest petition, however, is supported by “ample scientific data collected in years of arctic research,” according to Moscow…. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Sally DeBoer in Maritime Security, Merchant Marine, Navy, Policy, Soft Power | 
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OAK HARBOR, Wash. (Sept. 4, 2008) Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Alicia Wren, assigned to NAS Whidbey Island, left, and Lt. Laura Reeves, the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island voting assistance officer, help Sailors register to vote at the Liberty Northwest Center. NAS Whidbey Island held voter registrations Sep. 2-5 as part of Armed Forces Voting Week. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tucker M. Yates/Released)

In the interest of full disclosure, I, too, have missed a few elections. I was more interested in buying lottery tickets at eighteen than casting a ballot, and I have come up with more than a few ways to justify why I skipped out on my constitutional right to democratic participation. But after less than a year in a job at the intersection of the military and our system of government, I am convinced that missing even a single election is one too many. There are far too many prevailing myths that might explain why service members choose not to… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Capt Mia Hencinski in Marine Corps, Navy, Policy, Soft Power, Training & Education | 
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Please join us at 5pm (EDT) on 30 Aug 2015 for Midrats Episode 295: “NATO Goes Back to Fundamentals” With Jorge Benitez: From the Balitic to the Black Sea, the last year has seen the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) return to its roots – the defense of Europe from Russian aggression. The names and players have changes significantly since a quarter century ago – but in many ways things look very familar. To discuss NATO’s challenge in the East in the second decade of the 21st Century for the full hour will be Dr. Jorge Benitez. Jorge is the… Read the rest of this entry »


This post originally appeared here, at Ms. In the Biz. It is re-posted with the author’s permission. Before I moved to Los Angeles two years ago and started working in the entertainment industry, I had a totally different life as a Naval Officer running nuclear reactors on an aircraft carrier. It was a scary leap to leave all that behind and start a new career from scratch, but what I’ve found is that a lot of the skills I learned in my old career carry over to movie-making. Here are three fundamentals of Navy nuclear power that have helped me… Read the rest of this entry »

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This speech was sent to us from Kuwait by Lieutenant Colonel Jess Mullen, USMC. While the video quality may be poor, the message is strong (but you have to turn your volume up!). LtCol Mullen graduated from Vanderbilt University and was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1998. A Logistics Officer, she served in a variety of active duty billets until she transitioned to the reserves in 2008. She is currently deployed as the Sustainment Liaison Officer for MCE-K (MARCENT Coordination Element – Kuwait). “There is an obstacle placed in my path…I want to jump on it, I want to… Read the rest of this entry »

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The Exit Interviews series provides an opportunity to capture and share the honest and thoughtful insights of those members of the naval service who have served their country well, and are either moving on to serve it in other ways outside of the service (the “exit interview”) or who have chosen to pursue higher rank and greater responsibility within it. It focuses on individuals who are transitioning out of the service or have recently gotten out, and those who have recently chosen to stay in past their initial commitment. Much like an exit interview in the corporate world, we ask… Read the rest of this entry »

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