A biography of Admiral Rickover, founder of the US Navy's nuclear submarine force, points the way to reform of our military – and America.
Summary: Iran's arrest of US sailors in their waters provides opportunity for our hawks to wave a fake bloody shirt, hoping to make the US public fear and despise Iran. That this daft jingoism is considered acceptable, even routine, fare in our newspapers shows how much we've adopted Imperial thinking -- and abandoned common sense. … Continue reading The hawks’ weird story about Iran’s seizure of 2 US navy boats
Summary: We spend a substantial faction of the US national income on national defense (broadly defined), roughly the same amount as the rest of the world spends (most of which is by our allies). Yet our leaders frequently warn that we're at risk, and our military edge can vanish quickly. Recently Romney gave a fine … Continue reading How Strong Is the U.S. Navy?
Summary: Events of the 20th century brought conventional war to an apotheosis. WWII was the great war, a climax to 3 millenia of evolution. Which is why our military so misses it. 4GW, the dominant form of war in the 21st century, makes different demands on our national armed forces. But however different war becomes from our victories … Continue reading Fortune Favors the Brave – a look at the Marines aboard the USS Constitution
Summary: Today we look at a powerful and provocative article challenging the very basis for America's large and hugely expensive navy. G. I. Wilson points us to an article posing a powerful question, especially timely as the US approaches the mother of all budget crunches. It's worth reading in full; afterwards is Wilson's analysis. "Can The … Continue reading Dr. Gross asks “Can The Case Be Made For Naval Power?”