America Has Turned a Blind Eye to China’s Growing Naval Power
Admirals say the darnedest things. Over at the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings magazine, retired U.S. Pacific Command Intelligence Chief Capt. Jim Fanell takes PACOM kahunas, past and present, to task for disparaging China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy. Respect for prospective foes, Fanell proclaims, constitutes the most prudent attitude. Such... Read more
The Sinking of HMS ‘Victoria’ Led the Royal Navy Astray
Why would any sane naval commander execute an order sure to bring about catastrophe? That’s among the questions historian Andrew Gordon investigates in his masterful work The Rules of the Game. Ostensibly about the 1916 Battle of Jutland, The Rules of the Game is really about the perils of... Read more
Japan’s Weaker Fleet Crushed China at the Battle of the Yalu River
“TOKYO, July 31, 1894—’For the foreseeable future,’ declares an American defense expert, ‘no rational Japanese naval planner could present a plan to defeat the Chinese navy, even in the Yellow Sea.’ Why say such a thing? Because it stands to reason. Japan has been a modern industrial nation only... Read more

James Holmes

Professor of Strategy at the U.S. Naval War College.