Category Archives: Military Personnel

Slogans that Sell the Service: A Brief History of U.S. Navy Television Ads After the End of the Draft

Slogans that Sell the Service: A Brief History of U.S. Navy Television Ads After the End of the Draft

Screengrab from Navy's video for the

Screengrab from Navy’s “Global Force Good” campaign.

The Navy has long recognized the effectiveness of powerful visual images for attracting new recruits. Men who had not been drafted were often enticed to enlist by the striking images found on ubiquitous posters as well as by the smartly uniformed personnel manning the recruiting booths. Read More

In Dual Ceremony, Harris Takes Over PACOM, Swift Assumes Command of PACFLT

In Dual Ceremony, Harris Takes Over PACOM, Swift Assumes Command of PACFLT

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., left, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Ashton Carter, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, and Adm. Scott H. Swift, render honors during the joint U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) and U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) change of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on May 27, 2015. US Navy photo.

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., left, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, and Adm. Scott H. Swift, render honors during the joint U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) and U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) change of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on May 27, 2015. US Navy photo.

In a double change-of-command ceremony in Pearl Harbor, Adm. Harry Harris was promoted from U.S. Pacific Fleet commander to U.S. Pacific Command commander, and Adm. Scott Swift earned a fourth star and took over as the new PACFLT commander. Read More

Document: GAO Report On 'Implementation and Effects' of Sequestration on the Pentagon

Document: GAO Report On ‘Implementation and Effects’ of Sequestration on the Pentagon

The following is the May 27, 2015 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Sequestration: Documenting and Assessing Lessons Learned Would Assist DOD in Planning for Future Budget Uncertainty. The report was called for in the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to review the “implementation and effects” of the FY 2013 sequestration cuts levied on the Department of Defense. Read More

Document: China's Military Strategy

Document: China’s Military Strategy

A naval honor guard at the in 2012 on board the Liaoning. Xinhua News Agency Photo

A naval honor guard at the in 2012 on board the Liaoning. Xinhua News Agency Photo

The following is the first public Chinese Military Strategy white paper outlining a new policy of “active defense,” released by the Chinese Ministry of National Defense on May 26, 2015. Read More

Document: McCain, Reed Letter to SECDEF Carter On Chinese Actions in South China Sea

Document: McCain, Reed Letter to SECDEF Carter On Chinese Actions in South China Sea

The following is a May 21, 2015 letter from Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and ranking member Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter asking the Pentagon not to invite the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy to the international Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises in 2016 due primarily to China’s extensive reclamation efforts in contested areas in the South China Sea. Read More