WEST 2024

CEO Notes

January 2024
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A ship undergoing a depot-level availability—as was the Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) in July 2020—is vulnerable to fire and flooding because watertight integrity and fire boundaries are compromised, the ship easily becomes dirty, and firefighting and damage control equipment are shut down. These hazards can be mitigated only by the vigilance and actions of the crew.

A Catastrophic Mishap

By Captain Thomas Beall, U.S. Navy (Retired)
January 2024
Fostering this attitude in Navy culture may go a long way to preventing a catastrophe such as that which befell the Bonhomme Richard.
Mahan thought a Central American canal would reorient the commercial epicenter of the globe, shifting it from Great Britain to the United States. But control of the canal would depend on sea power.

Mahan as Geoeconomic Strategist

By Colonel Walter M. Hudson, U.S. Army (Retired)
January 2024
Mahan sets forth examples of what may today be called the larger economic, cultural, and technological ecosystem required for control of the seas.
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From Our Archive

January 2024
On 18 January 1911, the first shipboard aircraft landing takes place as pilot Eugene Ely lands on board the armored cruiser USS Pennsylvania (ACR-4).
An explosive ordnance disposal technician conducts a training scenario.

Engineering Special Operations

By Lieutenant Commander Joseph Grim, U.S. Navy, Ryan Cervino, Christy Spaulding, and Allen G. Zahneigh Sr.
January 2024
The joint forces must combine special forces operations and Navy explosive ordnance disposal units to detect chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) anomalies.

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