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How To Implement The National Defense Strategy In Pacific

Posted by Andrew Krepinevich on


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The National Defense Strategy does a service by getting the diagnosis right. But that is only the first step. To get the right prescription—the defense program—we will have to develop the operational concepts that link the ends sought with the means we can procure to achieve them.

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From Sailors To Robots: A Revolution In Clearing Mines

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


This is the third in our exclusive series on the crucial but neglected question of sea mines and how well — or not — the United States manages this global and very real threat. Here we’re looking at the most promising technologies, ships and aircraft that can give the United States the edge in this crucial and complex battle.… Keep reading →

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Untold Tale Behind USS Guardian Reef Grounding: NGA’s Map Was Wrong By 8 Miles

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WASHINGTON: The January grounding of the minesweeper USS Guardian in a Philippine coral reef was caused in large part by a National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) map that was, quite simply, wrong by eight nautical miles, Breaking Defense has learned. “It really was just a terrible fluke that caused the error,” NGA spokeswoman Christine Phillips said… Keep reading →

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DoD Sheds First Clear Light On AirSea Battle: Warfare Unfettered

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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Like the Holy Trinity or the designated hitter rule, the concept known as AirSea Battle has been much discussed but little understood. The Defense Department released an official and unclassified summary of the concept for the first time this evening on a Navy website . (BreakingDefense got the document before it was made public). AirSea Battle would break down longstanding barriers:… Keep reading →

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Near Iran, U.S. Hosts Huge Persian Gulf Wargame; 35 Ships, 41 Countries

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


35 ships, 70 aircraft, and 6,500 personnel from 41 countries participated in the exercises.

Just nine months after hosting the biggest multinational mine-warfare exercises “ever” to be held in and around the Persian Gulf, the Navy’s 5th Fleet and its foreign partners outdid themselves with a second, even larger wargame. More than 20 nations participated in September’s International Mine Counter-Measures Exercise 2012, collaborating against fictional ecoterrorists whose capabilities were suspiciously… Keep reading →

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IEDs Replace Artillery As Battlefield’s Biggest Killer, JIEDDO General Says

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WASHINGTON: In almost every war of the modern era, artillery has played a decisive role. But the lowly IED, cobbled together explosives ignited by cobbled together detonators, has now replaced artillery as the greatest killer on the modern battlefield, according to Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero, head of the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) The… Keep reading →

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