from The Great Debate:

One area where the Pentagon is playing catchup with Russia and China

February 23, 2016

USS DEWEY Test Fires the US NAVY’s First SM6 Missiles

USS Dewey test-fires the Navy’s first SM-6 missiles, March 31. 2011. U.S. Navy photo.

from The Great Debate:

The U.S. Navy’s $500 million ship that’s ready for disaster in a warmer world

December 9, 2015



Culturally, the U.S. military is a fairly conservative organization. But unlike many other conservative American institutions, the armed services harbor no doubt about arguably the most important issue in the world today -- one that has drawn experts, advocates and leaders from all over the world to Paris for an historic conference.

from The Great Debate:

South China Sea ‘islands’ only demilitarized until first warbird touches down

October 29, 2015

File photo of the US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen underway in the Pacific Ocean

The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen sails in the Pacific Ocean in a November 2009 photo provided by the U.S. Navy. REUTERS/US Navy/CPO John Hageman/Handout via Reuters

from David Rohde:

Exclusive: U.S. Navy investigates report of cancer cluster at Guantanamo

July 27, 2015

A U.S. Army soldier closes a gate at Guantanamo Naval Base on August 25, 2004. REUTERS/MARK WILSON/POOL

from The Great Debate:

Why China is far from ready to meet the U.S. on a global battlefront

June 22, 2015

Two J-10 fighter jets fly past each other at China International Aviation & Aeropsace Exhibition in China's Zhuhai

Two J-10 fighter jets from the People's Liberation Army Air Force August 1st AerobaticsTeam during a demonstration at the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, November 13, 2012. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

from The Great Debate:

The Pentagon is buying the wrong ship, and it’s costing taxpayers billions

April 30, 2015


Cyclone-class boats before the modernization program in formation. Courtesy of U.S. NAVY

from The Great Debate:

No, Russia isn’t building a giant new aircraft carrier

February 18, 2015

Russian_aircraft_carrier_Kuznetsov -- better

Russian Aircraft Carrier "Kuznetsov," January 1996. WIKIMEDIA/Commons

The Kremlin is preparing blueprints for a huge new aircraft carrier, Russian media reported in early February, to replace its navy's current flattop, the relatively small and aged Admiral Kuznetsov.

from The Great Debate:

The case for sea-based drones

May 14, 2013

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator is towed into the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), May 13, 2013. CREDIT: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Walter

from Photographers' Blog:

A slow boat to Myanmar – nearly

June 27, 2008

I was at the airport shooting pictures to illustrate a Singapore Airlines story when the office rang to say there was an opportunity, if we could move quickly enough, to embed with the U.S. Naval relief operation heading to cyclone hit Myanmar.