It was always about burden sharing

It's easy to pick on President Trump for his treatment of allies, given his willingness to call out countries like Germany for not spending their fair share on defense. It's also easy to gloss over the fact that Europe has taken for granted a strong US presence that guarantees security. Relying on the US to … Continue reading It was always about burden sharing

Biased media reporting has gone from annoying to dangerous

It's like some people just want to watch the world burn. And by watch, I mean set it on fire themselves and then sit back and smugly gaze at their destruction. The latest sad example of this is the controversy over Hurricane Dorian's track. Dorian was a particularly nasty storm. It was big, had strong … Continue reading Biased media reporting has gone from annoying to dangerous

Stop making excuses for your kids diet

A few years back my family hosted a friend from a few commands back at our house for dinner. She brought her daughter with, and we had a simple dinner: pizza, salad, and brownies for dessert. Yes, not the healthiest thing in the world, but something that would please most people. Apparently not. The daughter … Continue reading Stop making excuses for your kids diet

Before you go there: NO, President Trump did not pull a Hillary Clinton

I saw the same picture you did when President Trump tweeted about Iran's failed satellite launch. The picture is pretty nice and detailed. It's resolution appears to be much higher than commercial imagery, and more than a few people are accusing the President of releasing classified information, and in doing so, demonstrating disregard for our … Continue reading Before you go there: NO, President Trump did not pull a Hillary Clinton

Norway: stuck in the middle

Norway is stuck in the middle. Russia has been pushing more aggressively past Norway. Recently Russia canceled a polar Norwegian Cruise Line entry into Russian waters, forcing the cruise company to reimburse passengers only two weeks before the cruise. Russia also surged naval forces off the Norwegian coast in its "Ocean Shield" exercise, causing a … Continue reading Norway: stuck in the middle

Greenland? Why Not?

There is much ado about President Trump offering to purchase Greenland, and the Danish government politely turning it down. Was it stupid to make the offer in the first place? It's not the first time the U.S. has offered to buy Greenland, which captured the interest of William Seward in 1867 and President Truman in … Continue reading Greenland? Why Not?

A Rusty Problem

The ocean is a nasty, caustic, unfriendly environment. Between the sea spray, wind and waves, not to mention the wildlife, pretty much everything wants to or can kill you. For a maritime vessel though, the largest challenge is managing rust. The science is simple. Ocean vessels sit in salt water, the iron in the vessels … Continue reading A Rusty Problem

The Cuban Deal Crisis

We have a crisis in Cuba. Not one involving missiles (at least not yet), but one involving a lack of a deal. It's been 3 years since Castro died and 8 years since Raul took over, and yet we seem no closer to a deal. Cuba is still the only place Americans are specifically banned … Continue reading The Cuban Deal Crisis

The new, fake, democracy

New President, just like the old. Picture from Wikipedia If you blinked, you missed the Presidential elections in Kazakhstan. After long time president dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev suddenly stepped down from power, an election, the first in Kazakh history, was held for a new President. And, sadly, as expected for a country only pretending to be … Continue reading The new, fake, democracy

What does post-war Russia look like?

Do those areas look familiar? The United States and Russia continue to go toe-to-toe with each other, over the same real estate, time and time again. Recently I found an old 1988 US Navy Arctic Manual. The pictures inside are interesting in that they look a lot like the pictures circulating in our current intelligence … Continue reading What does post-war Russia look like?

CNO, new CNO, and sexual harassment

ADM Bill Moran, from Wikipedia In case you hadn't caught it, the nominee for the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) retired early because he maintained a professional relationship to a former Public Affairs Officer (PAO) that had previously been charged (but not found guilty) of sexual harrassment. It's a mess that eventually resulted in the … Continue reading CNO, new CNO, and sexual harassment

You already paid for the bomber fuel

Whining about costs for a B-2 overflight is silly. The B-2 flies over the Utah Testing and Training Range at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, during the test run Sept. 10, in which the B-2 dropped 80 inert Joint Direct Attack Munitions. (Photo by Bobbie Garcia) It's not even Monday and already there are complaints … Continue reading You already paid for the bomber fuel

Russian disinformation up close in the Baltic

BALTOPS 2019 participants in Kiel, Germany While the run-up to the Democratic Party Debates and the crisis in the Persian Gulf with Iran has captured the news cycle, I've spent the past few weeks as part of the BALTOPS exercise. BALTOPS is an annual exercise that the US has lead in the Baltic Sea for … Continue reading Russian disinformation up close in the Baltic

Is Russia really a great power?

The Russian Space Station Mir, from Wikipedia Our National Security Strategy, Military Strategy and other supporting documents talk about a return to "Great Power Competition," with the Great Power Competitors being China and Russia. I think we made a mistake in calling Russia a Great Power, because in reality, it might not be. What makes … Continue reading Is Russia really a great power?

Rare earth materials and an upcoming Chinese mistake

Yttrium, from Wikipedia China continues to make the news about its possible restriction on rare earth metals. This isn't new, as China had previously restricted rare earth metals in 2010 as a move against Japan. Should China decide to impose a ban, it will only hurt them long term though. In case you don't have … Continue reading Rare earth materials and an upcoming Chinese mistake