Category Archives: Military

Good news for Counter-piracy

Piracy is trending down, due to a combination of more effective international counter piracy efforts, widespread use of anti-piracy measures by shipping firms and due to changing conditions on the ground in Somalia. All of these are good things. Add … Continue reading

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Americans Doing Great Things

I’m not technically a Vet just yet as I’m still active duty, but it feels an awful lot like I am – my ship-driving and pirate-fighting days are over for the forseeable future, and I put on flip flops to … Continue reading

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Navy Gets It Right

I’ve previously blogged a bit about the Navy’s recent hit-or-miss record at choosing names for new ships. With all of that aside, the Navy hit this one out of the park: The Navy will name a research ship the Neil … Continue reading

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Look, if they’d just let me get away this kidnapping, I wouldn’t have had to kill those people….

….is basically what these Somali pirates are arguing in court right now. Lawyers for three Somali men accused of killing four Americans aboard a yacht claim the deaths resulted from actions by the U.S. Navy and the FBI. Defense lawyers … Continue reading

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Big change in Counter-Terror?

This is a bit of a big deal, though I doubt that it will get much play since it’s a more than a little wonk-ish. One of the biggest changes to come out of the 9/11 attacks was the shift … Continue reading

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Sounds of Silence

I have been moving for the last week – that, combined with my complete and utter lack of desire meant that I caught only the barest snippets of the RNC on the radio. I heard some of Clint Eastwood’s speech, … Continue reading

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Bring Back the Draft (or not)

I’m a fan of writer Thomas E. Ricks – I devoured one of his book’s on the Iraq war “The Gamble,” and have his blog in my Google Reader feed. I didn’t, however, love his recent NY Times Op-Ed advocating … Continue reading

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