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Bold Alligator 2012

Navy, Marines Struggle To Connect Battle Networks

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


PORTSMOUTH, VA: People tend to think of the Marines as square-jawed jarheads, not tech geeks. But after a decade of wartime investment in network technologies, Marine commanders have acquired lots of high-tech gear — so much so that now they’re returning from long land wars to Navy ships, they can’t always find a place to… Keep reading →

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‘How Come No One’s Calling’ Marines, The 911 Force?

Posted by Richard Whittle on


ARLINGTON, Va: Col. Frank Donovan, commander of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, was standing on the flight deck of the USS Iwo Jima as the amphibious assault ship sailed near the Horn of Africa one day last October, seven months into a nine-month deployment, when a young lance corporal asked to speak to him. “I… Keep reading →

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Military Sealift Command: A Flexible Key to The Asia Strategy

Posted by Robbin Laird on


This is the first in a series of commentaries defense consultant and author Robbin Laird, a member of the Breaking Defense Board of Contributors, is penning about how the U.S. can and should shape its forces to perform the Asia strategy pivot. As a key part of that, he’ll be looking closely at what he… Keep reading →

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Bold Alligator: A Glimpse of Marine, Navy Future

Posted by Robbin Laird on


The Navy-Marine Corps team just completed the largest amphibious exercise in more than a decade. But what did people see? What did they recognize in the Bold Alligator exercise and focus upon? Because it is called an amphibious exercise, outsiders who attended the exercise tended to focus upon the amphibious ships themselves, the landing ships,… Keep reading →

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Libya Lessons Learned Drive Huge Amphib Exercise

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


ABOARD THE USS WASP: Navy and Marine Corps leaders involved with the huge Bold Alligator amphibious warfare this week will tell you it’s all about the lessons learned. And there was no bigger lesson in amphib combat ops in recent years than Operation Unified Protector, also known as Libya. “Libya [operations] played a huge role”… Keep reading →

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MARSOC, Intel Teams Spotlighted In ‘Bold Alligator’

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


ABOARD THE USS WASP: Ship to shore operations were not the only thing the Navy and Marine Corps looked to sharpen during the biggest amphibious exercise in over a decade. Bold Alligator 2012 featured a significant role for special operations, intelligence and civil affairs units, Col. Scott Aiken, chief of staff for the 2nd Marine… Keep reading →

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Navy Fleet Will Not Grow for 5 Years: CNO

Posted by Otto Kreisher on


ABOARD THE USS WASP: Putting the best face on a potentially grim future, the Navy’s top officer is telling his sailors that the active fleet will be about the same size in five years as it is now, despite recently announced plans to retire a bunch of ships early and to not build as many… Keep reading →

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Carrier Joins Marine Amphibs, Gives Ops More Bite In ‘Bold Alligator’

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


ABOARD THE USS WASP: For the first time, Marine and Navy planners have melded a carrier strike group into the Marine Corps’ premiere amphibious operations wargame known as Bold Alligator. This appears to bridge what had appeared to be a growing divide between a Marine Corps eager to build more amphibious ships and a Navy… Keep reading →

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