US navy

Where is the outer boundary of our military operations?

A major theme of this website is that we are destroying ourselves though hubris.   We see so many of the world’s problems as calls for US military intervention.  Inevitably either this will bankrupt us, or we’ll buy into a conflict with ruinous consequences.  This open-ended lust to play global cop affects ever our finest military analysts.  Like …

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How to design a naval strategy for a crazy nation

Here is an important document.  Keep a copy of it, so your grand-children can see the insanity of our times — which a crazy people consider unremarkable.  Since they’ll we’ll be paying the price for this folly, they’ll we’ll cry — not laugh. “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower“, US Navy, October 2007 (20 pages) Consider …

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What Tom Barnett should have told Congress about America’s 21st century Navy

Thomas Barnett is one of our foremost geopolitical visionaries, so his presentations are always worth attention.  His latest is insightful and elegantly expressed, as always.  However, I have a few suggestions — minor changes to make  it better suit the current situation and needs of America.  (I have a draft post in the pipeline describing the implication of the revised …

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All about Pirates!

Summary:  Pirates are the latest craze to furrow brows in the geopolitical community, provoking much heavy breathing and laborious prose.  Here are some posts to sort through the noise. This is the first in a series; links to the other chapters appear at the end. Summary How big is the impact so far?  See  “Quick Math …

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“Amphibious Ships are the Dreadnoughts of the modern maritime era”

One of the top sources of insight about modern maritime strategy is Galrahn at Information Dissemination.  He has advice for those watching US forces in the Middle East: Amateurs watch the carriers; professionals watch the Expeditionary Strike Groups (ESGs).  Amphibious Ships are the Dreadnoughts of the modern maritime era. How can this be true, when …

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