R. Laird, DEFENSE.info According to Beaumont: Logistics will give us options and the flexibility to respond in a crisis as well as defining key constraints on freedom of action.In a capitalist society, of course, much that feeds a logistics machine in times of crisis or war is outside of the control of the military and is really about the capability to mobilize resources from the private sector in a timely and effective manner. In effect, logistics is about taking resources out of the economy and making them available for the battlefield.
NYT The U.S.S. Eagle PE-56, which lost 49 of 62 crew members, was located by a civilian dive team.For nearly 75 years, the circumstances surrounding the sinking of the U.S.S. Eagle PE-56, a World War II Navy ship, eluded historians and relatives of the lost sailors. Even its location was unknown.This week, searchers announced that the missing warship had been discovered five miles off the coast of Maine and 300 feet beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, in a rocky warren.
The Straits Times HANOI (DPA) - Vietnam has called on China to remove an oil exploration ship from disputed waters near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, the government announced on Friday (July 19)."Over the last several days, the Chinese survey ship, Haiyang Dizhi 8, and its escorts conducted activities in the southern area of the East Sea that violated Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf," Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Le Thi Thu Hang said in a statement, using the Vietnamese term for the South China Sea.
James Stavridis, Bloomberg After several years of verbal jousting with the U.S., Turkey last week accepted an initial delivery of a highly advanced Russian air defense system, the S-400. Supporting equipment to bring the system up to full operational capability continues to flow into the NATO ally. We are at an inflection point, which (at worst) could precipitate Turkey's withdrawal from the 70-year old alliance.The U.S. and other NATO partners have three legitimate objections to the Turkish purchase of the S-400. First and most obvious is the potential compromise of NATO security if the S-400 is integrated into the...
Tyler Rogoway, The WarZone In our exclusive report on the integration of single-seat F/A-18C models into traditionally two-seat F/A-18D 'all-weather' Marine strike-fighter squadrons, and vice-versa, The War Zone has learned that the Marines are in the process of winding-down the Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) position entirely. Once existing WSOs filter out of the Hornet community, the remaining missionized (not trainers) F/A-18Ds will be operated by just a pilot.
Army-Technology The potential for additive manufacturing - also known as 3D printing - has been recognised for several years, but while printing technologies and processes continue to mature in the commercial sector, technical and institutional challenges still need to be overcome for wider adoption in defence manufacturing. Grant Turnbull finds out more.
Military T. A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to boost the Coast Guard's ability to seize illicit drugs with the assistance of drones.Spearheaded by Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday that would allocate $5 million in both fiscal years 2020 and 2021 for additional long-range maritime patrol aircraft within the Coast Guard's land-based unmanned aircraft system program.
Brahma Chellaney, The Strategist (ASPI) Fifty years after astronauts first walked on the moon, space wars have gone from Hollywood fantasy to looming threat. Not content with possessing enough nuclear weapons to wipe out all life on earth many times over, major powers are rapidly militarising space. Given the world's increasing reliance on space-based assets, the risks are enormous.
Fernando Garetto, Wavell Room The Armed Forces should have a different approach towards 'failure' if they want to develop commanders and staff that are capable of understanding and solving problems creatively. The educational environment is the perfect place to do that. Currently, within military educational processes, failure is sanctioned rather than understood as part of the creative process. Now, at first sight, embracing failure might sound counterintuitive, but there is a clear path that links failure with creativity and the latter with efficient understanding and decision making' as this article will show. The...
The Economist After successive threats, Iran took the Stena Impero in the Strait of HormuzAFTER MORE than a week of warnings, Iran has made good on its threat to seize a British oil tanker. The Stena Impero, a 30,000-ton vessel, was travelling west through the Strait of Hormuz on the afternoon of July 19th, bound for Saudi Arabia. Then the ship's owner says it was approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter. It soon lost contact. That evening, tracking data showed the tanker and its 23 crew members in Iranian waters off Qeshm island, where the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)...