From the monthly archives:

August 2013

Want to know why Tesla is trading at over 160 dollars a share?  It’s because Tesla’s boss, Elon Musk, fought for it. He took on critics. In public. Back in February 2013, when the New York Times came out with a negative “company-killing hit-piece” on Tesla’s new car, Musk went on a very, very high-profile offensive, forcing […]


SECNAV Ray Mabus Needs A Full Bench

by admin on August 26, 2013

When SECNAV John Lehman transformed the fleet, he did so with the help of a committed, empowered staff.  SECNAV Mabus, for the lack of a full leadership team and fully-empowered staff, has, for all intents and purposes, been hamstrung, unable to implement ambitious environmental goals, plan ahead for the Pacific Pivot or–more ominously–protect the Navy’s […]


Crooks Help the Navy!?!

by admin on August 23, 2013

This might be an unpopular thing to say, but crooks have helped the Navy win wars. That’s right.  Take, for example, smugglers. The pressure of smuggling–the need to constantly innovate to avoid confrontation–has, over the years, done wonders in pushing new technology into the fleet. And the Navy should take some time to acknowledge the […]

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China’s Navy: Threat or Not…Yet?

by admin on August 14, 2013

As Japan and China teeter on the brink of another confrontation (this time over how to appropriately recall war dead), it is time to offer a reality-check of Chinese Navy capabilities (you know, for policymakers!). To do that, one of the best public resources I know of is a late-2010 Institute for National Strategic Studies […]


With the Navy’s stunning elimination of the DDG-1000 composite deckhouse and the subsequent handoff of all Huntington-Ingalls DDG-1000 work to Bath Ironworks, a bigger story has gone un-discussed–what makes the Navy’s preference for shipyard work-share–a model that helped the Virginia Class Submarine become a major procurement success–actually work? For the uninitiated, the Navy’s work-share concept […]


The fate of VT Halter’s four Egypt-bound Fast Attack Craft vessels is up in the air. If Egypt’s current government continues to discomfit the United States, these small, capable surface combatants just might even end up in the US Navy, serving as a second, smaller repeat of the Kidd-Class (for those who don’t know, the […]


Love it or hate it, the F-35B is positioned to be–at least until a small combat-ready VSTOL UAV arrives–a critical piece of the Pacific Arsenal. It is no mistake that the start of F-35B sea trials and the launch of Japan’s large flat-topped destroyer Izumo (DDH-183) came the same week.  The fate of the two platforms are […]


Navy Needs New Tenders

by admin on August 7, 2013

Defunded during the business-minded nineties, humble tenders enable every single one of CNO Greenert’s key tenets–“Warfighting first! Operate Forward! Be Ready!” To be perfectly blunt, there are no ships in the Navy today that do a better job of supporting the CNO’s orders than the aged, 35-year old USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) and […]


Managing a Temporary Cut in Carrier Numbers

by admin on August 5, 2013

Let’s talk about cutting carriers!  With SECDEF Hagel discussing the reduction of Carrier Strike Groups from “eleven to eight or nine” and Chris Cavas providing some good analysis over at Defense News, it is time to discuss how the Navy might gracefully manage through what (I suspect) will be a temporary decline in carrier funding. […]


Marine Corps: Logistical Tales of Fail!

by admin on August 2, 2013

What is it that makes the Marine Corps tankers dash into battle without tank ammo?  Is it a logistical failure or just, you know, panache and derring-do? It’s a regular happenstance.  In 1958, during the Lebanon Crisis, the Sixth Fleet landed the BLT 2/2 and 3/6 off Beirut, eventually taking control of the airport, port […]