Now that the seal has been broken on poor uniform changes recently thanks to the defenestration of the Blueberries, let’s walk in to the area so few dare to speak and write about; the male combination cover on the female head. What a mess of mixed message and bad fashion we have made of female uniforms. Uniforms matter. When uniforms appear that are completely out of synch with norms, that is an indication of a deeper issue. Until we address that bucket of goo that may not be possible to fix in anytime soon, can we at least take a fresh… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by CDRSalamander in Navy | 
In this mesh network, the LCS’s function is critical as Sense-Decide-Act information flow in connectors to local clusters of manned-unmanned nodes support the mission. They could naturally become C2 flow Hubs, Bridges, and Routers. This contrasts with the usual information network, in which Bridges connect separate nodes and communicate with easily detected transmission.

The Decision Process for Littoral Warfare Our Navy expects to retain open ocean dominance by superior “shooting” with sufficient weapon reach and accuracy using manned or unmanned aircraft and missiles, and with an adequate set of anti-scouting, Command and Control (C2) countermeasures, and counterforce measures. Our present network of continuous but electronically detectable systems needs only to be kept secure from enemy C2 countermeasures to continue our blue water dominance with carrier battle groups, surface action groups, and expeditionary strike groups. The Navy calls the capability “network-centric warfare.” In this piece, however, we concentrate on the dangerous environment close to… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Alexander Bordetsky, Stephen Benson, and Wayne Hughes in Cyber, Innovation, Navy | 
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160503-N-GV721-161 GULF OF ADEN (May 3, 2016) Sailors assigned to Air department simulate fighting a fire during a fire drill on the flight deck aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian Caracci/Released)

Perhaps the most unfortunate buzzword today is “millennial.” Abraham Lincoln once said, “If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.” Folks have certainly been looking. And looking. And looking. And looking. But let us examine the facts: -“Millennials” are defined as individuals born between 1980 and 2000. -The majority of the men and women in this age group volunteered to serve their country not merely in a time of war, but during a time when the United States of America was attacked on our own soil. -Today, more than 80% of enlisted sailors… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by LT Roger Misso in Training & Education | 

Over at WOTR, the staff published a powerful graphic. Though simple, it tells a many layered story on how this nation has fought its wars and pursued its commitments over the course of the last 55 years. It uses as the base of comparison the commitments placed on the Army (demand), and then the budget allocation and personnel levels (supply). What strikes me most is what we have done with the all volunteer force. In the Gulf War and the Long War, you see logical spikes in commitment and budgets, but no relative impact on personnel levels. That worked well… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by CDRSalamander in Army | 
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Vice Admiral Henry C. Mustin, USN (Ret.), a career surface warfare officer, combat veteran, and fleet boss renowned for his tactical brilliance and demanding leadership style, and who oversaw the development of many of the ship and guided missile systems that are at the heart of the fleet’s power, passed away on 11 April 2016 at 82 years of age. He leaves a large family, countless shipmates, and many more whose careers and lives he impacted by way of his leadership and his example to mourn his loss. The eulogy that follows was delivered at his memorial service at the Naval Academy… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by RADM Thomas C. Lynch, USN (Ret.) in Navy | 
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A few years back, a group of psychologists ran some tests on groups of first-grade students in the U.S. and in Japan. The researchers gave each group of students an impossible math problem, then sat back to watch how long the kids worked on the problem before giving up in frustration. On average, the groups of American kids worked at it for less than 30 seconds before quitting. The Japanese kids, however, worked and worked on the problem; each time, the researchers cut them off after an hour and told them that the problem was impossible to solve. The take… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Jeannette Haynie in Innovation, Marine Corps, Training & Education | 

Over the past few months there has been a lot of focus on the bias women in the Marine Corps face throughout their careers and the subsequent attitude that they are unable and unexpected to fulfill the same standards as male Marines. Indeed, this is a kind of sexism has existed since women have started serving in the United States military, despite proof that refutes nearly every argument against their service. Yet a form of sexism also permeates the Navy. Sexism is surprisingly, or perhaps unfortunately unsurprisingly, aimed at the men in the Navy. Members of the fleet openly share… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by CTR3 Nichole Reed in Navy | 
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Please join us for a May Day show on – no shock here – 1 May 2016 at 5pm EDT for Midrats Episode 330: “Terrorists on the Ocean” with CAPT Bob Hein, USN: When does the Long War go feet wet? Given the track record of the preceding couple of decades, it was expected shortly after the start of this phase of the war after 911, that terrorists would take the war to sea. There was an incident now and then, but the threat never really played out to the extent we thought early on. Recent events point to the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Mark Tempest in Coast Guard, Maritime Security, Navy, Podcasts | 
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Fixing Navy Acquisition

April 2016


RADM Mat Winter, chief of naval research, appears before the House Armed Services Committee to testify on the DoD FY2017 science and technology programs. U.S. Navy photo

Introduction In a recent essay, “An Acquisition System to Enable American Seapower,” Navy Captain Mark Vandroff and retired Navy Commander Bryan McGrath argue that “radical changes to the acquisition system are required” in order to save American seapower.[1] Their example of a program that would have benefited from such changes—the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)—does not, unfortunately, prove their point. Even if their changes had been in place in 2002, the decisions that led to the cost and schedule problems that have bedeviled CVN-78 could still have occurred. Background: The Subsystems of Defense Acquisition Before describing their proposed reforms, Vandroff… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Tom Hone in Navy | 
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110524-N-GS507-210 PENSACOLA, Fla. (May 24, 2011) Students from the Center for Information Dominance (CID) Corry Station, Cryptologic Technician Collection Seaman Recruit Ben Lowden, of Brownsberg, Ind., Cryptologic Technician Networks Seaman Apprentice Alicia Sutliff, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Cryptologic Technician Technical Third Class Steven Tometczak, of Reno, Nev., preview the Integrated System for Language Education and Training program (ISLET), which is being tested by the CID-based Center for Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (CLREC) and the Academic Consortium for Global Education (ACGE). Conceived as an alternative to traditional computer-based training and classroom instruction, ISLET employs online social networking, interactive role-play, competitive gaming and speech recognition to create an immersive environment for collaborative learning. (U.S. Navy photo by Gary Nichols/Released)

Today’s cyber world is getting more complex. For those charged with ensuring information systems remain secure the question remains – how can we be certain we are taking the right actions when we continually hear of systems penetrated, information stolen, and resources plundered due to nefarious cyber actors? Is our confidence in our cybersecurity efforts based on reality or something else? In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Nobel prize winner Professor Daniel Kahneman explores the manner in which we think. To ensure cybersecurity efforts will be successful, we must first understand how we think, and how the way we think impacts… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by CAPT John Zimmerman in Cyber, Innovation, Navy, Training & Education | 
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