9:24 AM, Jul 31, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Army and the Navy cannot do what they once could and might soon be required to do again. They don’t have enough soldiers and enough ships. Even reduced to the lowest force levels in years, the Army, as USA Today reports:
... is nearly 14% short of the recruits it will need to fill its ranks, marking the first time in six years — and only the third in the last 20 — that it may fall short of its recruiting goal for the year.
And the Navy does not have enough aircraft carriers to keep one on station in the Persian Gulf. As Navy Times reports:
When the carrier Theodore Roosevelt leaves the Persian Gulf this fall, U.S. Central Command will be without a flattop for as long as two months even as airstrikes continue against the so-called Islamic State militants.
And those militants of the “so-called Islamic State” are not the only threat out there. Russia and China must be accounted for. Plus the unanticipated humanitarian mission. The U.S. military is famous for its “can do” culture. But there is a limit to what you can do if you don’t have the weapons and the personnel.
U.S. says report is false.10:51 AM, Apr 28, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Iranian organ Farsnews claims that Iran has seized a U.S. ship. Thirty-four are on board, the outlet claims. Fars claims:
The Iranian Navy has confiscated the American trade vessel with all its 34 crew for trespassing on Iran's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf.
3:40 PM, Mar 23, 2015 • By SETH CROPSEY
In the middle of March, the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard published a revised version of their 2007 paper, A Cooperative Strategy for the 21st Century. The 2007 edition reflected the strong influence of 9/11, U.S. operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the global campaign against Islamist jihadis. It suggested broadening the reach of U.S.
Dec 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 15 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The Scrapbook was thrilled to learn that the U.S. Navy finally has a fully operational laser—and, no, not the kind we’ve been using for years with guidance systems, but rather an actual laser weapon.
3:25 PM, Nov 3, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Vice Adm. Ted Branch, the director of naval intelligence, is denied access to classified material because, as David Lartner of Navy Times reports, he:
2:06 PM, Oct 22, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Chinese want a modern and formidable blue-water Navy. Hard to be a serious global player without one. Equally difficult, it seems, to create one. Especially the aviation component, where the United State has no equals and, in fact, no other nation even comes close.
9:04 AM, Oct 18, 2014 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
The brief military career of 44-year-old Hunter Biden, Vice President Joseph Biden's younger son, seems to have ended after one month in the naval reserve. Biden is reported to have tested positive for cocaine use, and was immediately discharged. It was "the honor of my life to serve in the U.S. Navy," he has said in a statement, "and I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge."
The misbegotten plan to shrink the U.S. submarine fleet. Oct 6, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 04 • By SETH CROPSEY
The U.S. Navy’s latest shipbuilding plan would see its attack submarine fleet diminish from 55 to 41 boats in the next decade and a half. That decision, confirmed in August, was eclipsed by the advance of ISIL, war in Gaza, and sedition in Ukraine. But the Navy’s announcement—the single-largest strategic consequence of this administration’s defense cuts—has the most far-reaching ramifications of the summer’s events.
7:31 AM, Sep 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The U.S. Navy released this video of airstrikes being launched against ISIS in Syria:
"The U.S. Navy released video early Tuesday of missile launches from sea toward Islamic State militant group targets in Syria," reads the Associated Press's description.
Sharing carrier secrets is a bad idea. Sep 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 02 • By STEVE COHEN
The Obama administration very much wants a diplomatic success somewhere in the world. So when the president orders the head of the U.S. Navy to meet with his Chinese counterpart and find areas of cooperation, it is neither surprising nor inappropriate. But the possibility that the Chinese Navy will gain real insight into how our aircraft carriers operate is worrying our Pacific allies and could compromise our security.
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.