“The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944″

Got a hot tip today that the next book by Ian Toll— author of the incomparable Six Frigates and Pacific Crucible— is due out soon. This masterful history encompasses the heart of the Pacific War―the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944―when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan’s far-flung island empire like a “conquering tide,” concluding with Japan’s irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas. It was the largest, bloodiest, most costly, most technically innovative and logistically complicated amphibious war in history… I think I need to sell another unit of blood plasma and order a copy.

You Gonna Fight Over Those Islands?

One of the consistent principles of U.S. foreign policy, one of our age-old national interests is freedom of the seas. We have gone to war over it in the past. This post stems from a link reader (and my fellow Marine) R. M. Hollander gave us in a comment to a previous post. China means to assert dominance over vast swathes of international waters, at the expense of its smaller and weaker neighbors, many of whom are our allies, and to the detriment of free commerce across the ocean. Now, I believe China also wants to create in the South […]

China scores victory over the US Navy

China scores a major victory over the US Navy where it can’t fight. IBM shedding its server business creates a security concern for the U.S. Navy, which included the company’s x86 BladeCenter HT server in its Aegis Technical Insertion (TI) 12. The TI-12 hardware upgrades, along with Advanced Capability Build (ACB) 12 software upgrades, compose the Aegis Baseline 9 combat system upgrade that combines a ballistic missile defense capability with anti-air warfare (AAW) improvements for the Navy’s guided missile cruiser and destroyer fleets. Sales of US corporations to foreign governments, especially to our frenemy Communist China, are known well in […]

Iran Seizes Container Ship?

Are we going to do anything about this? A nation devoted to its sovereignty, attached to its interests, mindful of its obligations, and with a decent respect for civilized behavior would have an answer. An answer swift and sure. Who guarantees freedom of the seas? We do. And if not us, then who? Chaos at home, chaos abroad. Where are the statesmen? Ugly, ugly, and getting better no time soon.

Marine Corps IOC ends female integration program

Over the past three years under pressure from Congress to integrate women into the teeth of America’s fighting Force, the Marine Corps at the fore front opened the Infantry Officer Course at MCB Quantico to female volunteers.  The last two volunteers were dropped on 2 APR 15, Day 1 for this iteration of IOC.  Of the 90 men that began that day, 9 were also dropped due to their score on the Combat Endurance Course. Unlike IBOLC at Ft Benning the first day of IOC at MCB Quantico begins with the Combat Endurance Course, just so you know, the “E […]

Blue Angels, Blue Drones?

Hoping this an April Fools’ Day joke. If so, XBradTC got me.

Death to the Invasive Coconut Rhinoceros Beetles

Clearly the greatest threat we face. God help us.  

Complete Chaos at NAVAIR

Commander Sal straddles the target with his main battery and scores multiple hits on Diversity Thursday. As someone who from MIDN days supported women serving wherever they physically and realistically could, this torques me off, as it gives the “I told you so” crowd all the negative stereotype fodder they need. Of what do I speak? Well, if you haven’t eaten yet – you may want to hold off. If you have a spray shield for your computer, you may want to go get it. Set aside some time and read the entire thing. Do you know who doesn’t believe […]

Fish rot from the head: Senior Officers Behaving Badly

Earlier today Townie directed us to an article praising Commandant of the Marine Corps General Dunford. It was good to see the general performing the physical fitness test. From the looks of things, being a leader AND a flag officer are becoming mutually exclusive. From XBradTC: If naval officers were guilty of bribery or other misconduct, by all means, haul them in front of a court martial or a federal court. But do not allow the process to become the punishment, particularly when that process is fouling the duties of others with no direct connection to the scandal. [emphasis added by author] […]

A Man worth Following

Yesterday Senator James Webb announced an exploratory bid for the presidency.  I honestly never thought of him as a Candidate for the job.  The reality is that the bench on the Democratic side is extraordinarily slim.  The Republicans have a few guys I’d take a look at.  Many of you might recall him as the combat boot wearing candidate who ran for the Virginia Senate seat.  Although it was in solidarity of his son who was deployed at the time.  Webb, a Marine, is a Combat Veteran of Vietnam who was award for conspicuous gallantry on numerous occasions, an accomplished […]