2:09 PM, Feb 7, 2014 • By CHERYL MILLER
Princeton University is restoring ties with Navy ROTC (NROTC). Starting this fall, students will be able to participate in a cross-town program with Rutgers University, itself established only recently, in March 2012.
Princeton was among the first elite universities to welcome ROTC back after the Vietnam-era break. But although Army ROTC at Princeton was reestablished in 1972, Naval ROTC did not return, as the university continued to refuse academic credit for any Navy course. Today’s announcement doesn’t address the question of credit, but it does state that ROTC instructors will be able to teach on both the Rutgers and Princeton campuses.
It’s good news that yet another elite college is again working with – not against – ROTC. But it’s even better news that more students now have the opportunity to serve. The opening of Rutger’s program marked the first time since 1972 (when the Princeton program ended) that New Jersey students had the option to join an NROTC program.
The return of ROTC to the Ivies and other schools across the nation – including City College of New York – marks an important change, not just for the universities (welcome as it is), but also for the military. It signals a growing commitment by military leaders to ensuring that tomorrow’s officer corps reflects the full diversity of our nation – economic, social, and geographic. As Naval Commander James Crate noted in his introduction of the Rutgers unit, “We want the Navy to be a representative for all 50 states. To not have officers from one of the states is a disservice to the nation.”
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.
Feb 18, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 22 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Caribbean-based company ICSSI had seen its lucrative contract to X-ray the cargo entering the Dominican Republic languish for years when, in 2011, it began searching for an investor with political pull. Perhaps someone with the right connections would be able to pressure the Dominicans into enforcing the contract, which was valued at somewhere between $500 million and $1 billion over 20 years. And that special someone, it seemed, was Salomon E.
8:55 AM, Feb 8, 2013 • By CHRISTOPHER HARMER
America’s military presence in the Persian Gulf serves as deterrence to Iran, reassures our increasingly nervous Arab partners, maintains peace, offers stability to our ally Israel, and has many other benefits.
10:28 AM, Oct 26, 2012 • By SETH CROPSEY
As he showed in the final presidential debate, President Obama’s understanding of the U.S. Navy—or for that matter, any navy—is suboptimal.
3:38 PM, Oct 4, 2012 • By CHERYL MILLER
Last year, when elite universities began announcing their intentions to bring back ROTC, Jonathan E. Hillman and I cautioned that if Ivy League ROTC was to succeed, it would require a real commitment from both the schools and the military.