12:02 PM, May 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A book event on May 22 for the book Brothers Forver at the American Enterprise Institute, featuring retired Gen. John Allen:
A fallen US Marine lies buried next to a fallen US Navy SEAL, his friend and former Naval Academy roommate, in Arlington Cemetery. Both young men gave the last full measure of devotion in answering their country’s post-9/11 call. In this AEI Program on American Citizenship event, award-winning author Tom Sileo will discuss with AEI’s Gary Schmitt the friendship and heroism of Travis Manion and Brendan Looney as recounted in Sileo’s new coauthored book, “Brothers Forever” (Da Capo Press, 2014).
Following this discussion, Gen. John Allen will sit down with AEI’s Thomas Donnelly to talk about the significance of Memorial Day, the day we honor and remember those who gave their lives in defense of our country, those who have served, and those who are still serving.
Leon R. Kass, AEI
Panel I: A “Brothers Forever” book conversation
Gary J. Schmitt, AEI
Tom Sileo, Author of “Brothers Forever"
Panel II: The significance of Memorial Day
Gen. John Allen, US Marine Corps (ret.)
Thomas Donnelly, AEI
Adjournment and Luncheon
8:03 AM, Apr 30, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The first question that national security types, including the president, supposedly ask in an international crisis is, “Where are the carriers?” Soon, that opening line will be rephrased to something like, “Where are the … oh, never mind.”
12:17 PM, Apr 24, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The time for building ships is when your nation is at peace. Once the shooting starts, it may be too late and playing catch-up is hard.
4:10 PM, Mar 17, 2014 • By SETH CROPSEY
Earlier in March, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus revised how to count the size of the U.S.’s battle force inventory. The battle force inventory is important because it measures the size of the U.S. combat fleet. The new definition will make the U.S.
A strategy to meet the challenges to the U.S. Navy.Jan 27, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 19 • By SETH CROPSEY
In 2007 the U.S. Navy published a new maritime strategy, “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower,” known as CS-21. The Navy had already shifted from its Cold War focus on defeating the Soviet fleet at sea to projecting power from sea to shore, as challenges in such places as Iraq, Bosnia, and Somalia materialized. CS-21 continued this emphasis on projecting power ashore, but concentrated on multiplying the effect of U.S. seapower by increased association with friendly navies aimed at deterring and preventing crises. Deterrence is an old task for the United States.
Nov 25, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 11 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Donald Rumsfeld, the implacable ex-defense secretary, sniffled through his remarks about President Ford. Former vice president Dick Cheney recalled Ford’s kindness in hiring him despite his having dropped out of Yale twice and been arrested two times. Henry Kissinger, whom Ford inherited as secretary of state from President Nixon, said Ford was “a president . . . whom I can say I loved, a feeling not every president inspires.”
8:33 AM, Oct 24, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The U.S.S. Forrestal (CVA 59) was the first of the Navy's super carriers, built from the keel up with an angled deck, hurricane bow, steam catapults and all the other refinements and improvements on carriers designed and built for World War II, before the time of jets. It was the ship that signaled the survival of naval aviation after a long, bitter, political fight to eliminate it from the nation's defenses and named for the secretary of defense, James Forrestal, who had taken the Navy's side in that fight and suffered what was called a "nervous breakdown" that led to his suicide.
3:26 PM, Oct 3, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Air Force and Naval academies will play as scheduled this weekend. However, overseas military personnel accustomed to getting their football on Armed Forces Network will not be able to watch.
12:21 PM, Aug 26, 2013 • By SETH CROPSEY
The British launched the opening attack of the 3rd battle of Ypres on July 31, 1917. The objective was to destroy a rail junction on which the German army depended for Western Front supplies. The plan included British naval as well as amphibious assaults on the nearby Belgian coast. The naval action was to have loosened Germany’s grip on continental ports whose danger to England—in the hands of an enemy—hearkened back to Napoleon and foreshadowed Hitler’s Operation Sea Lion both of which British dominance at sea decisively turned back.
10:39 AM, Aug 9, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
"When word of a crisis breaks out in Washington, it's no accident that
the first question that comes to everyone's lips is: 'Where's the nearest carrier?'"
(President Bill Clinton, March 12, 1993, aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt)
Twenty years later, it appears that the answer to that question will soon be, "The carriers are in mothballs." Rusting away. We can't afford them any longer."
Is naval supremacy a thing of the past? Jul 1, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 40 • By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
Is naval power back? Early in June, Russia announced that it would be permanently stationing an armada of ships in the Mediterranean, restoring a deployment that came to an end with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. This muscle-flexing is part of Russia’s effort to bolster the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and to stick a finger in the eye of the United States.
The dismantling of the Navy. Apr 1, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 28 • By SETH CROPSEY
When they agreed to President Obama’s 2011 budget proposal that is responsible for the current sequester, Republicans expected that the nation’s concern and respect for the military would help to prevent the cuts in defense spending that would occur if agreement to reduce the deficit were not reached. They were wrong. And it couldn’t have come at a worse time.
4:28 PM, Mar 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Admiral Samuel Locklear of the United States Navy identified "climate change" as the biggest security threat America faces in the Pacific.
9:27 AM, Mar 4, 2013 • By DAN BLUMENTHAL and MICHAEL MAZZA
Inside the beltway, there is a pervasive sense of impending doom. The rest of the country may not much care, but sequestration is here. According to warnings by the Obama administration, failure to avert these automatic spending cuts will lead to planes falling from the skies, bridges collapsing, federal penitentiaries moving to a voluntary self-incarceration policy, and the Jersey Shore returning to the airwaves.