Michael Peck Security, Europe Modern Russia’s way of war is much more about finesse and technology. For centuries, the Russian way of war was numbers. Whether the enemy was Napoleon, Hitler or NATO, Russia would flatten them with a huge steamroller of troops, tanks, artillery and nuclear weapons. Those days have ended. Modern Russia’s way of war is much more about finesse and technology. It’s also much closer to the Western way of war as practiced by the Germans and today’s Americans. “Although clearly influenced by their Soviet ancestry, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have evolved considerably to reflect new realities facing Russia’s defense leadership. Russia no longer has massive manpower advantages over its potential adversaries, nor can it trade space for time in light of the speed, range, and hitting power of modern aerial-delivered munitions,” says a new study by the RAND Corporation. “Facing a future in which their traditional strengths are absent or less useful, Russia’s military leaders have adapted in ways designed to enable an effective defense of their homeland and, if required, to permit limited offensive operations around their periphery.” Recommended: Why North Korea Is Destined to Test More ICBMs and Nuclear Weapons Recommended: 5 Most Powerful Aircraft Carriers, Subs, Bombers and Fighter Aircraft Ever Recommended: North Korea Has 200,000 Soldiers in Its Special Forces Read full article
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Sebastien Roblin Security, Think fire and fatigue. The sailors aboard the Oriskany reacted swiftly and courageously to rescue vulnerable crew members and prevent the fire from spreading. Nonetheless, the incident was a timely warning of the danger of overworking a crew beyond the limits of its manpower; it also demonstrated the vital importance of ensuring that munitions were properly designed with high heat tolerances to avoid accidental detonation. The crew of the Oriskany were fortunate that their damage-control measures averted a further chain detonation of the many bombs and fuel stores scattered across the hangar deck, which could well have destroyed the ship. Two deadly collisions involving U.S. Navy destroyers in June and August 2017 may have cost the lives of up to sixteen sailors, leading the Navy to declare a day-long operational pause to reflect upon its safety culture. That such similar accidents took place in such close proximity reflects stresses and failings common to the maritime fighting branch. Indeed, the recent spate of collisions echoes a succession of even more catastrophic accidents aboard U.S. aircraft carriers between 1966 and 1968 that between them claimed the lives of more than two hundred sailors. These incidents were the result of a Navy taxed by the enormous demands of the Vietnam War. In their wake came major reforms addressing the inherent dangers of operating ships packed full of explosive munitions, fuel and jet planes. This three-part series will examine why each of the accidents occurred, how the crew responded and the lessons that were drawn from the tragedies. Recommended: 5 Most Powerful Aircraft Carriers, Subs, Bombers and Fighter Aircraft Ever Recommended: North Korea Has 200,000 Soldiers in Its Special Forces Read full article
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President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Gregory Slavonic to the Department of the Navy Gregory J. Slavonic of Oklahoma to be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Mr. Slavonic most recently served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-OK). Prior to this role, he was a senior leader at the Computer Sciences Corporation, where he planned and executed several nationwide U.S. Navy community outreach engagements. He also served as Executive Director of the Jim Thorpe Association; and as President of Flagbridge Strategic Communications, a consulting company focused on strategic communications and leadership. He has written two books on leadership development and co-authored a book on American Olympian Jim Thorpe. Mr. Slavonic retired from the U.S. Navy after a 34-year career, where he originally enlisted as a Seaman Recruit and, after repeatedly distinguishing himself, was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral. During his Navy career, he held four command assignments, served in combat deployments to Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was awarded numerous decorations including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Citation, and Combat Action Ribbon. Mr. Slavonic earned a B.S. from Oklahoma State University and M.Ed. from the University of Central Oklahoma, where he was recognized with a Distinguished Alumni Award. ___ President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Personnel to Key Administration Posts The following individuals to be Members of the American Battle Monuments Commission: • William M. Matz Jr. of Virginia to be the Secretary • Thomas O. Hicks of Texas • John P. McGoff of Indiana • Col. Evans C. Spiceland of Louisiana • Robert O. Wefald of North Dakota • Jennifer Sandra Carroll of Florida • Dorothy Gray of Virginia • Luis Rodolfo Quinonez of Florida The following individuals to be Members of the Board of Trustees of the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation: • Terrence G. Berg of Michigan for the remainder of a six-year term expiring October 3, 2018 and an additional six-year term expiring October 3, 2024 • Diane S. Sykes of Wisconsin for the remainder of a six-year term expiring November 14, 2021 The following individuals to be Members of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships: • Paris P. Dennard of Arizona • Linda M. Springer of Pennsylvania • Robert J. Smullen of New York • Daniel Caine of New York
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David Axe Security, When the old SSGNs retire in the late 2020s, the Navy will quickly lose a large proportion of its Tomahawk launchers. More subs might be needed. The U.S. Navy is mulling a plan to build a new class of guided-missile submarines to replace today’s four-strong Ohio-class SSGNs beginning in the 2030s. The sailing branch is worried that not replacing the SSGNs could exacerbate a looming, medium-term reduction in undersea cruise-missile capacity. The Tactical Submarine Evolution Plan, which the service finished in the fall of 2017, explores the possibility of modifying the new Columbia-class ballistic-missile sub design to produce a new SSGN. The idea would be to build new guided-missile boats at the end of the Columbia class’s 12-ship production run, thus taking advantage of existing manufacturing processes. Preserving the hot SSBN line for SSGNs would also ensure that the Navy has two active submarine production lines — one each for big missile boats and smaller attack boats — through the 2020s and 2030s, rather than the one SSN line it would possess under older plans. Recommended: 1.2 Million Casualties: If North Korea Attacked Los Angeles with a Nuclear Weapon “There is value in keeping two product lines going,” Brian Howes, director of the Navy’s undersea warfare directorate, told USNI News. “You never want to start up and shut down product lines, so the big-volume ship is one we’re interested in exploring after we complete our buy of Columbia.” The first of the 560-foot-long Columbia-class boats is scheduled to begin production in 2021 and enter service in 2031. The final new SSBN should begin construction in 2035, at which point America’s two submarine-builders — Electric Boat in Connecticut and Newport News in Virginia — will possess the facilities and skilled manpower to efficiently produce guided-missile subs based on the Columbia design. Recommended: North Korea Has 200,000 Soldiers in Its Special Forces Read full article
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Michael Peck Security, Underwater drones. Drones versus subs is essentially an arms race, a contest between an expensive but fragile weapon pitted against hordes of cheap sensor and weapons platforms. It parallels the race between the development of stealth aircraft, and the development of sensors to detect them. Submarines can run—but they can't hide—from drones. Recommended: US Army's 5 Most Lethal Weapons of War That's the contention of a new report by a British think tank, which argues that the growing numbers and sophistication of drones are depriving submarines of their stealthiness. The report, authored by science journalist David Hambling for the British American Security Information Council, was written as a briefing paper for Britain's Parliament, which must consider whether to modernize or scrap the UK's Trident nuclear missile subs. Recommended: Russia's Armata Tank vs. America's M-1 Abrams - Who Wins? The report points out the century-old method of hunting subs is changing: "In the past, antisubmarine warfare (ASW) has been carried out by a small number of highly capable ships and manned aircraft. Their task has been like that of a handful of police looking for a fugitive in a vast wilderness. Lacking the manpower to cover the whole area, they have to concentrate their forces on the most likely paths and hideouts, and hope for a lucky break." Read full article
Doug Bandow Global Governance, Eurasia On November 7, 1917, Lenin and his colleagues staged what amounted to a coup against the hapless Provisional Government. Until a century ago, Karl Marx was an unpracticed intellectual, a prolix babbler who inspired followers and generated movements, but remained an ideal rather than a reality. Then came the Bolshevik Revolution. On November 7 (October 25 on the old Russian calendar), the Soviet Union was effectively born. This event may have been as momentous as the war that spawned the first communist state. Upwards of twenty million died in World War I at the hands and guns of the combatants. However, the Soviet Union alone killed as many (and perhaps far more) people during its lifetime. Even more died in the People’s Republic of China. In the small Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia, briefly renamed Kampuchea, the radical communist leadership killed between 20 and 30 percent of the population. We continue to live with the consequences of Marxism today. Life was good in 1914. The industrial revolution delivered entire populations from immiserating poverty. Globalization spread prosperity ever farther afield. Democracy remained limited and fragile, but liberal currents affected even the great autocracies of Austria-Hungary, Germany and Russia. All were evolving, however irregularly, into freer, more prosperous and better societies. The future beckoned. But on June 28, Austria-Hungary’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the venerable Hapsburg throne, and his wife Sophie were visiting Sarajevo in the recently annexed province of Bosnia. In a plot backed by Serbian military intelligence, the young Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip assassinated the pair, setting in motion diplomats and statesmen, generals and admirals, and armies and fleets around the globe. Governments mobilized their militaries to the applause of their populations, who imagined glory and victory. Many on both sides predicted a quick triumph—a Russian princess gaily forecast, “There’s going to be war. There’ll be nothing left of Austria. . . . Our armies will meet in Berlin. Germany will be destroyed!” However, years of conflict ensued. Trench warfare on the western front created a human sausage grinder. The eastern front remained mobile, but also murderous: the population-rich Russian Empire substituted manpower for technology. Peasants died in a war started by aristocrats for reasons no one truly understood. Read full article
TAKE A BITE OUT OF THIS: Apple’s secret tax bolthole revealed. As others (and myself) have written many times before, corporations don’t pay taxes — they collect them. Any taxes are actually paid by customers (higher prices), employees (lower wages), shareholders (smaller returns), etc. The ideal corporate tax rate is therefore zero, but politically that […]