Category Archives: Military Personnel

Dept. of the Navy Developing its Own 'Wikipedia' To Track Wargames Lessons

Dept. of the Navy Developing its Own ‘Wikipedia’ To Track Wargames Lessons

The Navy and Marine Corps are calling on those running wargames, from the smallest unit exercises to the largest international ones, such as Rim of the Pacific 2014, above, to do a better job recording and sharing their lessons learned. US Navy photo.

The Navy and Marine Corps are calling on those running wargames, from the smallest unit exercises to the largest international ones, such as Rim of the Pacific 2014, above, to do a better job recording and sharing their lessons learned. US Navy photo.

Well before Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus issued a recent memo on wargaming, the Navy and Marine Corps did plenty of it. Experiments take place at all levels, from squads to Marine Expeditionary Units to Carrier Strike Groups – and in field experiments all the way up to international exercises.

But a line in Mabus’ wargaming memo may change the way the Navy and Marine Corps learn from these experiments: the memo directs the services to “establish a mechanism to share actionable insights from wargames across the department, with a particular focus on cross-event and longitudinal analysis.” Read More

Who Will Follow Dunford as Next Marine Corps Commandant?

Who Will Follow Dunford as Next Marine Corps Commandant?

The Marine Corps temporarily had six four-star generals in 2013 -- which had never happened before and is unlikely to happen again any time soon. The generals posed for photos in the Home of the Commandants in Washington, D.C., April 19, 2013. From left to right: John Kelly, James Mattis, Joseph Dunford, James Amos, John Allen, and John Paxton Jr. US Marine Corps photo.

The Marine Corps temporarily had six four-star generals in 2013 — which had never happened before and is unlikely to happen again any time soon. The generals posed for photos in the Home of the Commandants in Washington, D.C., April 19, 2013. From left to right: John Kelly, James Mattis, Joseph Dunford, James Amos, John Allen, and John Paxton Jr. US Marine Corps photo.

Gen. Joseph Dunford was nominated the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday after only serving as the Commandant of the Marine Corps for six and a half months – leaving many to wonder who will follow him as the next commandant. Read More

Chinese and Russian Navies to Conduct First Ever Mediterranean Surface Exercises in May

Chinese and Russian Navies to Conduct First Ever Mediterranean Surface Exercises in May

(120427) -- QINGDAO, April 27, 2012 (Xinhua) -- Chinese marines attend the farewell ceremony for Russian navy in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, April 27, 2012. The Chinese and Russian navies announced on Friday the conclusion of a six-day joint naval exercise. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming) (zkr)

(120427) — QINGDAO, April 27, 2012 (Xinhua) — Chinese marines attend the farewell ceremony for Russian navy in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, April 27, 2012. The Chinese and Russian navies announced on Friday the conclusion of a six-day joint naval exercise. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming) (zkr)

Six Russian and three Chinese naval ships will meet in the Mediterranean next month to conduct a series of surface exercises to include live fire drills, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday. Read More

Navy Reserve Needs More Unrestricted Line Officers, Medical Personnel

Navy Reserve Needs More Unrestricted Line Officers, Medical Personnel

Dr. N. Benjamin Barnea is sworn in to the U.S. Navy Reserve Medical Corps by Lt. Sheree Williams in 2010. US Navy Photo

Dr. N. Benjamin Barnea is sworn in to the U.S. Navy Reserve Medical Corps by Lt. Sheree Williams in 2010. US Navy Photo

The chief of the Navy Reserve told a key Senate subcommittee that she is “only able to accept 25 percent of applications from separating [active] sailors” because of high retention rates in her command, but also that the reserve has had some trouble filling reserve billets for unrestricted line officers and medical professionals. Read More

Naval Innovation Advisory Council Launches, As Mabus Follows Up on Task Force Innovation

Naval Innovation Advisory Council Launches, As Mabus Follows Up on Task Force Innovation

A Marine with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, prepares to commence directed seek and receive drills during Exercise Desert Scimitar 2015 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, April 9, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

A Marine with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, prepares to commence directed seek and receive drills during Exercise Desert Scimitar 2015 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, April 9, 2015. US Marine Corps photo.

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The Navy and Marine Corps this week kicked off a Naval Innovation Advisory Council to coordinate and facilitate efforts to become more collectively innovative. Read More

Former NATO Commander Stavridis: U.S. Should Provide Lethal Aid to Ukraine

Former NATO Commander Stavridis: U.S. Should Provide Lethal Aid to Ukraine

Soldiers from the Ukrainian Armed Forces Airborne Brigade stand in formation in 2012. US Army Photo

Soldiers from the Ukrainian Armed Forces Airborne Brigade stand in formation in 2012. US Army Photo

“We ought to be providing lethal aid”—anti-tank, anti-armor weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cyber assistance—to the Ukrainian government in its struggle with Russian-backed separatists, retired NATO commander Adm. James Stavridis told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Read More