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Day One: Esper Praises Budget Deal, Warns On China Tech, Iran

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The secretary heads first to CENTCOM to hammer out the details of Operation Sentinel, a plan to monitor and protect shipping from Iran in Persian Gulf.

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Leaks, Drones, Mystery Attacks: US-Iran Tensions Boil Hot, But…

Posted by Arie Egozi on


As troops and hardware are on the move in the Gulf, diplomats signal that no one is eager for war.

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US Ships, Planes Challenge 22 Countries’ Claims — Not Just China’s

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: In 2016, the Defense Department flew aircraft or steamed ships through territories claimed by Albania, Brazil, Italy, Japan, Malta, and, well, China, according to the Pentagon’s annual report released today. So should Beijing be relieved it was not the sole focus of American Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPS) or should it feel slighted that it… Keep reading →

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‘I Go Where I Please:’ Unshackle Navy To Reply To Iran

Posted by Kirkland Donald on


One of America’s first naval heroes, Commodore Stephen Decatur, was challenged by an Algerian admiral in 1815. Decatur’s reply is now enshrined in international law for ships sailing the seven seas: “I go where I please.” This ethos came to define the mission of the U.S. Navy – ensuring the high seas are free and… Keep reading →

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New York Times Catches Up: Djibouti And China

Posted by Colin Clark on


Once in a while we feel the need to remind the world that we’ve done something fabulous and are glad to see the competition catch up. Today is one of those days. The New York Times, in a story we are sure will garner close attention on Capitol Hill, at the Pentagon and at NATO… Keep reading →

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Sowing The Sea With Fire: The Threat Of Sea Mines

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


This is the second in our exclusive series on the crucial but neglected question of sea mines and how well — or not — the United States manages this very real global threat. Only 4.7 percent of the US Navy’s 275 warships are dedicated to mine warfare. Those small numbers face Iran’s several thousand naval mines, North Korea’s 50,000, China 100,000 or… Keep reading →

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Army Shows Cheek, Elbows Its Way Into AirSea Battle Hearing

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: With half a million soldiers on active duty, you’d think the Army would be hard to overlook. When the House Armed Services Committee organized a hearing on the hot interservice concept known as “Air-Sea Battle,” though, they kind of forgot to invite the Army. But the largest service elbowed its way onto the… Keep reading →

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CNO Greenert: ‘We’re Not Downsizing, We’re Growing’ – Especially In Pacific

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Full speed ahead and damn the drawdown — that’s the confident note that the Navy’s top admiral struck today. “We’re not downsizing, we’re growing,” declared Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the Chief of Naval Operations, at the National Press Club. “The ship count is going up and the number of people is going up.” Adding up… Keep reading →

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Navy Mine War Game ‘Not About Iran,’ Officially; Biggest Mine Exercise ‘Ever’

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CORRECTED: Fixes Number of Minesweepers in US Ports 9:35 am 10/1/2012 Officially, despite rising tensions with Tehran, the enemy in in the international naval wargames that kicked off in the Gulf this week is not, repeat not, Iran: It’s radical environmentalists. Very, very well-armed environmentalists. Against this fictional Greenpeace gone rogue are set the ships,… Keep reading →

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‘Deadly Serious’ Navy Wrestles With Mine Warfare Modernization

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


[updated 12:45 Tuesday with VCNO Burke comment] PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA: Improving the Navy’s long-neglected capability to hunt mines is a top priority for the fleet — but it still gets less than 1 percent of the Navy budget. “We do have a sense of urgency and I think we’re applying as much resources as we… Keep reading →

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