What it takes to keep 100 USN warships underway. @jerryhendrixii @cnasdc The Navy seems to have lost sight of its stated goal of getting the fleet to 355 ships, or even the President’s stated goal of achieving a 350-ship fleet. During their recent statements to the House and Senate Armed... More >>

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By Matthew Gault Submarines are an accepted part of a strong navy and the cornerstone vessel of a superpower. But these stealth-killers of the ocean were once as derided and feared as the drone is now.   This week on War College, former journalist and current naval historian Iain Ballantyne...
Bombshell: Drink to the Foam
This week we trek out to the U.S. Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis for a geek field trip of epic proportions (three words: Jack Ryan’s couch). We drink some rum and Claude Berube’s scotch, and ring up former Under Secretary of the Navy Janine Davidson to talk about service...
Springtime for Russia?
To say that the profile of Russia since the American elections last fall has increased in the minds of Americans would be an understatement.  Outside the 24-hr news cycle, there have been significant developments in Russia internally and externally. From the Baltics, to nuclear weapons, to her...
Will There Be War in the South China Sea?
By Jason Fields If you’re looking for a place on the globe likely to spark a world war, you could do worse than the South China Sea. The United States, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines and Japan all have claims there. China is building artificial islands and the U.S. Navy is patrolling...
Reuters War College: Stretching the Special Forces Thin
By Matthew Gault America is at war with the Islamic State. Typically, citizens think this war comes in the form of drone strikes, signals intelligence and cooperation with regional partners. But that’s only part of the story. Even while popular opinion has shunned U.S. “boots on the...
North Korea Conducts Another Ballistic-missile Test
North Korea has conducted its ninth missile test of the year. The test took place northeast of the capital Pyongyang and the missile fell apart soon after launch. Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Seoul, South Korea.
Commanding the Seas - Reinvigorating U.S. Navy Surface Warfare
How do we build the future surface fleet to ensure our forces maintain the ability to access to all regions of the world's oceans that our vital to our national interests? Our guest to discuss this and the broader issues related to our surface forces will be Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow at Center for...
Operation Pacfic Reach: Sustaining the Pacific
A multimedia piece of U.S. and Republic of Korea forces participating in Combined Joint Logistics Over the Shore (CJLOTS) during Operation Pacific Reach in Pohang, Republic of Korea. This exercise is a joint-bilateral training event designed to ensure readiness and sustain the capabilities which...
U.S., South Korea Launch Annual Foal Eagle Exercise
U.S. and South Korean service members participate in a series of joint and combined ground, air, naval and special operations field exercises to increase readiness to defend South Korea, to protect the region, and to maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula. (DoD News)
The Marshall Plan 1947 - 1952 (69th Anniversary)
April 3rd, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signs off on legislation establishing the Foreign Assistance Act of 1948, more popularly known as the Marshall Plan. The act eventually provided over $12 billion of assistance to aid in the economic recovery of Western Europe. In the first years...
Michael German on Fighting Violent Extremism
The Cipher Brief's 15 - Minutes. This week, The Cipher Brief’s Fritz Lodge speaks to Michael German, author of “Thinking Like a Terrorist” and a former undercover FBI agent, who infiltrated white supremacist groups in the 1990s. Fritz asks Michael how his experiences shaped his understanding...
China & the Challenge in the Cyber Domain
You hear a bit on the edges about China's cyber forces' ongoing efforts to penetrate the cyber domain in order to get an edge against the USA and other nations she sees as either being in the way of her national goals, or in possession of something they need to keep their economy strong.We are...
Robert "Buzz" Patterson on Holding the Nuclear Football
If the United States faces an imminent threat from a foreign power, did you know the President can order a nuclear attack at a moment’s notice? How? One option is by using the “Nuclear Football.” The Football – also known as the President’s Emergency Satchel – is a briefcase that...
The Growing Rift Between Trump and His Intelligence Agencies
Even before he took office, Donald Trump was denigrating the U.S. intelligence community – in large part because of its investigation into Russian influence on the presidential election, which challenged the integrity of his victory. That relationship has continued to sour, through Trump’s...
Methods In London Attack Similar To Earlier Cases
An attacker killed three people and injured dozens in London Wednesday. The nature of the attack is similar to previous such ones in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.
WESTPAC's Progress with Toshi Yosihara
While a new American President, Russia, and ongoing operations against the Islamic State continue to absorb attention, the Western Pacific from Japan, Korea, China, to Australia continues forward. Our guest to discuss all the latest developments will be Toshi Yoshihara. A prior guest on Midrats,...
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