Blamin’ Barry

Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm

So, one of the podcasts I listen to while I hike is “Mid Rats”, which is surely the only maritime security podcast worthy of the description. Tomorrow they are having on two scallywags by the names of Mackenzie Eaglen and Bryan McGrath to talk about the a paper(here) they put up on The Heritage Foundations […]

Categories: Carriers, Plotholes, Ships, Strategy

Nuclear Weaponry and Terrorists

Friday, May 6, 2011 at 10:40 pm

A night or two ago, I was thinking about Pakistan’s nuclear weapons complex after I read THIS A senior Al-Qaeda commander claimed that the terrorist group has hidden a nuclear bomb in Europe which will be detonated if Bin-Laden is ever caught or assassinated. The US authorities uncovered numerous attempts by Al-Qaeda to obtain nuclear […]

Categories: Live, Nuclear Weapons, Strategy

The dubious utility of delaying news of OBL’s demise…

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Apparently post-partisan bounce unity across the political divide in America lasts about four days. This means that if we make first contact with aliens, Washington DC will be all super fun for only about eight days. But anyway, some people are critical over Obama revealing we got him so early, so fast. They argue that […]

Categories: Live, Strategy

What do we do now with Pakistan?

Monday, May 2, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I always had assumed that Osama Bin Laden was hiding somewhere in the Pakistani FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) right on the border with Afghanistan in a relatively smallish city. He’d be far enough from central authority and with enough allies amongst the tribes in the region to let him avoid authority when needed. The […]

Categories: Live, Strategy

The Legality of War

Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm

After years of listening to the thunderous blasts from certain corners declaring the Iraq War as an illegal war, it’s interesting to note that Bush took his time for Iraq/Afghanistan; dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s legally as U.S. Law required. Going to war against Afghanistan, when the case was easily open and shut […]

Categories: Strategy

We don’t need Carriers for Libya

Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Over at the USNI Blog they are posting annotated maps such as this one: Followed by a statement such as this: There is only one way to do this: Carrier Aviation. American Carrier Aviation. If you have access to actual data, like I do; it is relatively easy to disabuse the USNI of it’s delusions. […]

Categories: Aircraft, Strategy

The fine art of soft power.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Though I’m done with the navy, I was pleased to see that my old ship is on it’s way to Haiti. This puts me in mind of the Asian Tsunami relief and the time we spent off the coast of Sumatra. I expect the BKH will be spending a lot of time helping with air […]

Categories: Oops, Ships, Strategy

And now, for an opposing viewpoint…

Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 7:42 pm

The proposed anti-missile sites in Poland and the Czech Republic appear to have been unceremoniously tossed out the window by the Obama administration. The static sites will be removed in favor of a “distributed, adaptable, and flexible” system that will be largely based upon the USN’s SM-3 missile. As a former sailor, I would be […]

Categories: ABM, Nuclear Weapons, Strategy

Civil Defense Utilization of Ships and Boats

Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 11:16 pm

I recently finished HTMLing a 250+ page document I found on DTIC, by the US Navy’s Radiological Defense Laboratory on the effectiveness and efficiency of using surplus Liberty ships as portable fallout shelters, command posts, or fuel storage points. Link to Main Body of Document Link to Appendixes in Document So, question for those out […]

Categories: Nuclear Weapons, Strategy

The Myth of the Z-Plan

Friday, August 21, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Fans of German military prowess make much of the so-called “Z-plan” that the Kriegsmarine embarked upon in the winter of ’38-39. The story goes that Admiral Raeder proposed to Hitler two plans: The first was a short term warplan that only included surface ships either commissioned or in advance stages of construction and submarines. The […]

Categories: Napkinwaffe, Strategy