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Navy Milbloggers Sal from "CDR Salamander" and EagleOne from "EagleSpeak" discuss leading issues and developments for the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and related national security issues.

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This week we will return to the ?unsexy but important? topic, specifically that of ?alternative naval platforms and missions.? In part, the concepts that underlay Jerry Hendrix's ?Influence Squadrons? are in practice on a smaller scale today. In most cases they are being conducted using Military Sealift Command assets and the Navy Reserve. To focus on this part of our maritime power, our guest for the full hour will be Commander Chris Rawley, USNR. President of Periplus Holdings in his day job, he is also Commanding Officer of the Military Sealift Command Afloat Mission Command and Control Units in the Navy Reserve, in addition to being Vice President of the Center for International Maritime Security.

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A lot has been written about what went wrong at Pearl Harbor - a very American perspective. If you look at it from a neutral tacticial view, or look at things from a Japanese perspective - there was a lot that went right at Pearl Harbor at the... more

"Where are the Carriers?" Whenever the expected unexpected happens on the globe, that is the question that is often asked first. As our nation also faces one of its greatest budget crisis - it is also one that the budget cutters are asking... more

No better way to digest all that Turkey than with a great interview EagleOne and I had this summer with a superb author. When you mention books on naval history, there are but a few authors whose work immediately come to mind, and... more

For those who listen to All Things Considered on NPR, earlier this month you caught an outstanding series on the 3rd Battalion 5th Marines – the Darkhorse Battalion — the Marine unit that suffered the highest casualty... more

They share the hazards, smell the smells; all that is needed so that those at home may understand what their countrymen are doing in the far reaches of the world on their behalf. The best know that to tell a story, you have to be in it.... more

It is often said that with crisis comes opportunity; that stress brings innovation - without the right leadership and vision though; crisis and stress can also bring about collapse. As the traditional Western powers struggle with... more

This Halloween - what scares you most on the National Security Front? Are today's worries any more - on aggregate - that what came before? With time & experience comes perspective. Join Sal from the blog "CDR Salamander" and... more

In the 14-months since his last visit to Midrats, the Afghan-Pakistan theater has changed in ways both good and bad depending on your goals and outlook; Haqqanni network, drones. OBL. the arrival of the slow withdrawl in 2014, and... more

As the last few battles wind up to revove the last few pro-Gadaffi forces - for the Western & Arab nations who, literally, provided the top-cover for the advancing Libyan rebels - what are the lessons that need to be remembered? Especially... more

Over a decade in to the war in Afghanistan and over three years in to the surge of forces - have we reached the point of diminishing returns? Is the present AFG government stable enough to accept a transition? Is the present withdrawl... more

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