“Ponder … Why?”

From last week, our pal CDR Sal nails it again– http://cdrsalamander.blogspot.com/2014/07/diversity-thursday_17.html?m=1 Does this sort of activity help or hinder readiness? Readiness is, after all, the only thing that matters. Why, indeed?

Readiness?? The Hell You Say!

Readiness, says the Admiral? Never heard of it. Because, as ETP0802 pointed out when he sent this over, “In a rational world, he’d be talking about readiness and not ‘female retention rates’:” Moran called retaining women at a rate that allows the Navy to sustain the workforce one of the Navy’s most significant challenges. The poor retention rate is the same across ranks, Moran said, from officer to junior enlisted. Moran said commanders are talking to sailors to learn what changes could be made to encourage women to stay. “We’re looking at everything we can possibly do to change that […]

Stupidity Eventually Loses

Not necessarily before it wreaks havoc, but eventually: Again, this pet vanity project of the Great Green Fleet beyond experimentation is a waste of money and personality based folly in the extreme. Most of the time, hard critique is not out of malice, but out of heartbreak. Let’s not speak of this anymore, m’kay? Our Navy needs the SECNAV’s attention elsewhere from here on out… (We’ll see if the good Mr Secretary gets the hint. Remember, economics always wins. Always.)

Russian Naval Infantry Regaining Expeditionary Capabilities

The Russian Naval Infantry has been in the news lately. Between it’s deployments to Syria and the Ukraine, the Russians are beginning to realize an expeditionary capability that complements Russia’s diplomatic and economic efforts. France says warship deal with Russia still alive Russian naval infantry will be soon equipped with floating bulletproof body armor Russian Naval Infantry: A Brief History After the Cold War

Without a Respectable Navy, Alas America!”

China is involved in a series of increasingly tense territorial disputes in the East China Sea with Japan and in the South China Sea with Vietnam and the Philippines. The US, along with several other governments in the region, believes that China is pushing these claims as part of a broader strategy to exert greater control over large areas of the western Pacific.   Iranian warships dispatched to the Atlantic Ocean will travel close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time, a senior Iranian naval commander said Saturday.    John Paul Jones summed it up:   “…without a Respectable […]

USS George Washington will not be retired

The Pentagonian budget wars heat up as the Navy’s counter to the USAF’s threat to retire the A-10, the retirement of the USS George Washington, has been withdrawn. The name of the game is to offer up a capability that is key to strategic, operational or tactical success so that Congress and The People (who pay attention) are so alarmed that additional money is borrowed (usually from our mortal enemies and our great-great-great-great grandchildren) to pay for the capability. The only player in the game who has no clue is the Army. I’d recommend the Army offer up the Green […]

“Diversity Thursday”

Get your rage-o-meters plugged in. How about an “action team” that’s dedicated to sweeping the seas of America’s enemies? No way– too radical. Nope. Never happen. I wonder if the P.L.A.N. has diversity action groups? Time will tell.

Pardo’s Push

During a discussion of Jed Babbin’s commentary on the SecAF, the talk changed from a discussion Captain Thomas J. Hudner’s attempt to save Ensign Jesse L. Brown to a comparison of MiGs and Sabre-jets over Korea to the air war over Vietnam and Pardo’s Push.

The Plane That Ate the Pentagon

Can we afford it? The Pentagon’s latest weapons testing report is not kind to the $400-billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the military’s biggest and arguably most troubled program. The annual report by the Office of the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation includes 20 pages listing the Lockheed Martin-built JSF’s ongoing problems. A jack-of-all-trades radar-evading jet meant to replace no fewer than 2,400 existing fighters in the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, the F-35 has been dogged by budget overruns, schedule delays and redesigns. Overly complex in order to satisfy the diverse needs of three military branches, the […]

Echoes of Ronald Reagan

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan signed America up for an ambitious strategy: use American industrial and technical strengths to destroy the Soviet Union. America began an arms race, borrowing billions over the next decade to invest in America’s military. The USSR, already deeply in debt and in a decades-long recession, spent all they had, and all they could have ever made in order to keep up with America. In the end, the USSR stumbled economically, and then crumbled politically and chaos ensued.   Sound familiar? The communists all over the learned from Ronald Reagan. A new, ocean-going aircraft carrier, aircraft, Silkworms, […]