Workplace safety at U.S. shipyards is a growing concern by NEIL GORDON On Feb. 10, 2017, the Center for Investigative Reporting published a disturbing exposé of the national defense shipbuilding industry, documenting how the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard award billions of dollars in contracts to shipbuilders with lax safety standards.... Read more
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte. PCOO EDP photo via Wikimedia A smoldering, 50-year-old insurgency risks reigniting by ANDREW DOBBS The longest ceasefire to date in one of the world’s longest-running civil conflicts was set to come to an end on Feb. 10, 2017, in the Philippines. Both sides of the struggle — the... Read more
USS ‘Thresher’ illustration. Jeff Kubina photo via Flickr Sailing with the Silent Service takes guts by DAVE MAJUMDAR Since the Second World War, the United States, Russia and China — and a host of other nations — have lost vessels and their crews to accidents. Operating submarines is a risky business under the best of circumstances — and... Read more
USS ‘Wisconsin’ fires a Tomahawk cruise missiles during Operation Desert Storm. U.S. Navy photo It would be the ultimate ‘battleship’ duel by ROBERT FARLEY What would happen if the U.S. Navy’s newest destroyer, the USS Zumwalt fought against the Navy’s last battleship, the USS Wisconsin? The stealthy destroyer — aka DDG-1000 — is going to... Read more
It’s just a ‘bulk-rate discount’ for buying more jets by MANDY SMITHBERGER On Jan. 30, Pres. Donald Trump announced a “deal” with Lockheed Martin to reportedly trim $600 million from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s final price tag. But it was immediately unclear whether the arrangement involved any real savings. “Although... Read more
The ‘Ohio’-class guided missile submarine USS ‘Florida.’ U.S. Navy photo The ‘Ohio’-class submarine packs a surface group’s worth of missiles by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine was built to destroy cities and military installations in the event of a nuclear war — or more precisely, to deter adversaries from ever starting one. However,... Read more
Heather Wilson got dodgy contracts and may have lobbied illegally by LYDIA DENNETT Unfortunately it appears that another Trump administration national security nominee is a textbook example of the revolving door. Heather Wilson, who Trump recently nominated for U.S. Air Force Secretary, represented New Mexico in Congress from 1998 to... Read more
Another lease on life for the World War II-era ‘Hai Shih’ by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Life expectancy varies between ships, but U.S. submarines generally stay in service for around 20 or 30 years or so. Taiwan, however, is planning for one of its submarines to reach age 80. On Jan. 21, 2017,... Read more
The National Security Cutter USCGC ‘Bertholf.’ Coast Guard photo The FF4923 is designed to get work done by DAVE MAJUMDAR While the U.S. Navy has opted to press forward with plans to develop its Littoral Combat Ships into frigates, the service has other options to choose from if the decision is revisited... Read more
The sound alone is terrifying by DAVE MAJUMDAR The Pentagon’s secretive Strategic Capabilities Office — aka SCO — and the U.S. Navy have demonstrated swarming autonomous drone technology in flight using over 100 unmanned aircraft. During the October 2016 experiment, three Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets launched 103 Perdix drones over the test range at... Read more
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