Coast Guard Budget Masks Problems

By Commander Chris Lucero, U.S. Coast Guard
August 2018
Though the U.S. Coast Guard has received record appropriations in two of the last three years, the numbers are misleading. The Coast Guard's operational accounts have been funded at an ...

Open-Source Intelligence: A Double-Edged Sword

By Captain T. S. Allen, U.S. Army
August 2018
Dedicated adversaries, as well as professional journalists, curious scholars, and eager hobbyists, now are able to track military operations around the globe with unprecedented granularity using open-source intelligence—"intelligence” that comes ...

AI Will Change the Balance of Power

By General John Allen, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), and Amir Husain
August 2018
Artificial intelligence and autonomous systems will disrupt the traditional calculation of military power. To adapt, the United States must stay nimble and ramp up investments in learning, research, and development.

Ready, Responsive, Relevant?

By Lieutenant Commander Krystyn Pecora, U.S. Coast Guard
August 2018
The Coast Guard does a lot with a little but it must invest in its public affairs program.

Deep-Six Paper Charts

By Lieutenant Commander Andy Storey, Royal Navy (Retired)
August 2018
Using current technology, all available and enabled positioning sources are displayed in real time.

I Found My Voice

By Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Vince Patton, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
August 2018
The Naval Sea Cadet program was fairly new, at least in the Detroit area, when I joined in September 1969. I stumbled upon it while attending my weekly Boy Scout ...

Confidence to Accomplish a Life-Long Dream

By Special Operations Chief Michael Vollmer, U.S. Navy Reserve
August 2018
It was 1997 and my mother, acutely aware of my restless need for adventure, showed me a newspaper article detailing the summer training a local Naval Sea Cadet unit participated ...

Coast Guard Aviation, 1915-1916

By Master Chief William R. Wells II, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
August 2018
As the U. S. Coast Guard celebrates a centenary of aviation, it is fitting to take a look at how the process began. Stories about the beginnings of aviation in ...

Emerging & Disruptive Technologies: The Game Changers

By Commander Steve “Tanker” Thomas, U.S. Navy
August 2018
New technologies have brought about new opportunities and threats to military strategy. Historically, the United States has been able to outpace its adversaries by providing elegant and expensive solutions to ...

Dynamic Thinking Is No Threat

By Lawrence Lengbeyer, PhD
August 2018
There is ample room to improve the thinking (and thereby job performance) of Navy and Marine Corps personnel without compromising their other valuable traits.

A Safer Way for Ships to Do Plane Guard

By Captain Maurice Joyce, U.S. Navy (Retired)
August 2018
The current system for stationing cruisers and destroyers as "plane guard" during carrier flight ops appears to have evolved by custom rather than through a deliberate plan. A retired aviator ...

Invest In Our Nation's Future Leaders

By Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Vince Patton, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired), Special Operations Chief Mike Vollmer, U.S. Navy Reserve, and Lieutenant Commander Grant Thomas, U.S. Coast Guard
August 2018
Military youth programs like the Naval Sea Cadet Corps help build the nation’s future leaders. Active-duty and reserve units should support these programs.

“Just Say No” Isn’t the Answer

Captain John P. Cordle, U.S. Navy (Retired)
August 2018
Much has been written in the year since the USS John. S. McCain (DDG-56) and USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) collisions. A common theme revolves around the need for Navy leaders to ...

UAVs: Before Fire Scout There Was DASH

Captain Thomas Pinney, U.S. Navy (Retired)
August 2018
Modern warfare is trending toward the use of unmanned vehicles, especially unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Although UAVs are considered the cutting edge of new technology, the Navy began making serious ...

MV-22B over Wake Island

August 2018
This week's top photo shows an MV-22B Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit flying over Wake Island in the Pacific. 13th MEU is ...

Optimism Defines Winners

By Vice Admiral A. H. Konetzni, Jr. U.S. Navy (Retired)
August 2018
Optimism is key to any individual or team victory or success. This is part seven of a ten-part series on behaviors that Vice Admiral Konetzni learned during his years of ...

NATO-Japan Maritime Cooperation Can Respond to Global Challenges

By Lieutenant Commander Yusuke Saito, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
August 2018
There is room for more cooperation between NATO and Japan. Japan contributes financial support for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and for reconstruction and development efforts in Afghanistan ...

What the Truman Deployment Says About Unpredictability

By Commander Jim Lewis and Captain Robby Harris, U.S. Navy (Retired)
August 2018
The recent three-month deployment of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) has been heralded as an example of “operational unpredictability.” We applaud this surprisingly short deployment and ...

The Navy and the High North

By Lieutenant Commander Rachael Gosnell, U.S. Navy
August 2018
While there is not a pressing need for U.S. Navy presence in the Arctic at present, the future will see a rise of maritime activity in the region. With other ...

Photo of the Week: 3 August 2018

August 2018
Transfer cases containing the remains of what are believed to be U.S. service members lost in the Korean war line the bay of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III ...